Crime Stoppers: Wishing for change, hoping for answers; a father's mission after son is murdered

Crime Stoppers: Wishing for change, hoping for answers; a father's mission after son is murdered

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - They still have so many questions. But even if they get the answers, it won't bring him back. The harsh reality for the family of a murder victim.

Brandon Wright, 24, was gunned down in the parking lot of his own apartment complex on Ballina Avenue in Baton Rouge. It's been two years since they lost him, and the pain is still very real.

Brandon's father, Esau Wright, has many questions and wishes after losing his son.

"I wish that we lived in a society that would get involved when something like this happens," he said.

But too often, we don't. It's been two years since that horrible night on October 21, 2013.  And while the family has a lot of questions, so do the police.

"It didn't seem like robbery was the motive," says Detective Robert Cook with the Baton Rouge Police Department.  "It seemed like someone just came and shot him and left quickly."

His sister, who he had just moved in with, came out and found him lying between the cars. His father was at work that night and certainly remembers the call from his wife.

"She called me that night and said Brandon had been shot."

Very quickly, everybody began racing to the hospital, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.  It didn't take long before their worst fear was made reality.

"The detective came in first, told us Brandon didn't make it. Five to 10 minutes later the doctor came in to let us know exactly what happened."

He was shot multiple times, so the odds were just too great.

That's the last memory they have of Brandon. Of course there are so many others. Like the child growing up who knew just how to push those buttons.

"It was one Sunday, doing something, his mom put him on punishment. 'Don't ride your bike'" his dad remembered. "Then she looked up, and he's on his sister's bike. 'Well, you said don't get on my bike.'  And she said 'Don't get on your sister's bike either.'  A few minutes later he's on the neighbor's bike."

Sounds like a typical kid. His father said growing up you had to be very direct with Brandon. A tactic he's now using with the community.

"It's easy to pick up a gun and aim it at somebody. How much more would it be to value that life and if I have an issue with you, just talk it out?" A direct and pointed question from a father in pain.

"We need to get to the core of why it's so easy for someone to take someone's life."

Did you get that message? Let's show him we're listening.

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