Crime Stoppers: Murder at the neighborhood hangout

Crime Stoppers: Darrell Fortune murder
Darrel Fortune (Source: WAFB)
Darrel Fortune (Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - He was well known in the area. People used to hangout and talk all the time. Darrel Fortune was one of those guys, and his house was one of those places. So the question is, where has the community gone after his cold blooded killing?

Fortune called the house at 2827 Hollywood Street in Baton Rouge his home. At least he did until April 22, 2015 when he was found lying dead in his living room with a gunshot wound to the head. Baton Rouge Police Detective Belford Johnson was on the scene that afternoon.

"The scene suggests he knew the person who did this. There was no forced entry into the residence," said Johnson.

The coroner's report also says there were no other injuries except the gunshot. Again suggesting, he possibly knew the person.

No struggle with a stranger. Whoever did this, he was comfortable with them being close. But as it turns out, that describes a lot of people in the area.

"He was very well known in the neighborhood. Many people knew him. This was actually somewhat of a hangout for many of the neighborhood residences" said Det. Johnson.

The hangout quickly turned into a bit of a memorial. Flowers and mementos placed just feet away from where they would sit and talk. The one thing missing though was tips.

"I am really surprised we haven't had more cooperation with this case. This neighborhood seems to be tight knit. Houses are very close together and everyone knows everyone," said Det. Johnson.

That of course may be part of the problem. But it masks the even bigger problem. A killer is still out there. If a comfortable neighborhood hangout can turn into a crime scene and someone so well-known can fall victim, who and where is next?

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867. You can remain anonymous.

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