Crime Stoppers: Death of a dream

Crime Stoppers: Matthew Lee murder
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For those who knew him, it's hard to believe that it's been six years. Six years since dreams and aspirations were derailed. Six years since a life was stolen.

Matthew Lee had just turned 20 years old. He had been living in the Scotlandville area for years. He knew the neighborhood and they knew him. They knew he was an aspiring musician with big plans. He was all set to break into the business and make it big. But what happened the night of August 8, 2009 would end all of that.

The first crime scene police were called to was the 1900 block of 69th Street. That's where Lee was living. It's also where he collapsed after being shot.

"When we got here, he was next to the car where his mom had attempted to get him in the car and take him to the hospital" said Detective Belford Johnson
with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

He also said that while 69th Street is where Lee ended up, it's not where this all began.

"The actual shooting happened at 70th and Goode, about 2 to 3 blocks from here." said Johnson.

Police say Matthew ran home, looking for help. They say he got as far as the front door and his mother tried to get him back down into the car, but that's as far as he made it. All his dreams died as he himself died right there.

For many people in the neighborhood, it is not an unusual scene, and many who have lived there for decades say the neighborhood is changing, and not for the better. That includes Alderaine George, who said things were really taking a turn for the worse.

"It's all the violence. These youngsters on the streets don't want to get an education, but they need an education to do something with themselves."

Once again police say they're not getting a lot of community help when it comes to solving this shooting. One witness did say they saw a green Ford Expedition leaving the scene in a hurry that night, but that's all they have right now. Time to step up and, as Mrs. George said, "do something."

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