Prairieville mother mourns loss of son days before Christmas

Prairieville mother mourns loss of son days before Christmas
George Reusch and his child (Source: Reusch's family)
George Reusch and his child (Source: Reusch's family)

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The 90th homicide of the year in East Baton Rouge Parish is right up there with the most heartbreaking of any 2015 local tragedy as one Prairieville family will spend Christmas burying their son.

Three days before Christmas, a grieving mother will no longer be exchanging gifts with her son, 27-year-old George Reusch.

'Kees', as the family called him, was gunned down Monday night in a parking lot of a strip mall off College Dr. and I-10 in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge police said he died on the way to the hospital after being shot in his Jeep.

"Especially around Christmas time, this is something you don't want to see anywhere in the city during this time of year," said Lt. Jonny Dunnam, Baton Rouge Police Dept.

The family said Kees was Christmas shopping before the shooting. They last saw him in the afternoon.

His mother, Beverly Reusch, will now be haunted every Christmas for the rest of her life.

"I don't know how I'm going to get through this. I don't," Beverly said.

She described her son as a very happy man who was working as an electrician. Kees leaves behind a fiancee and a 7-month-old son.

"Probably one of the most charismatic, kind individuals that would do anything in the world for you whether you deserved it or not," Beverly said.

The family is hoping authorities learn more information about the two men they say they're looking for. BRPD said they do have surveillance video from the shopping center's parking lot and they are reviewing it. Police have not made the video public.

"We want to make sure that this is investigated," said Mrs. Reusch. "I don't want anyone else to go through something like this because it's not something that anyone can ever fathom."

The Advocate Newspaper reported Tuesday night that witnesses say two men ran away from the scene with some kind of bag that one of them took from inside the Jeep after the shooting.

Reusch's family told 9News Tuesday that his cell phone is missing.

Anyone who might know anything else that can help is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

The family is also asking for donations to give them a hand with funeral expenses. Click here to see the Go Fund Me page.

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