BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The investigators and family of a 19-year-old Baton Rouge man gunned down on the streets of the Capitol City still believe the cold case is solvable.
It all happened at the Magnolia Trace Apartments off of North Harrells Ferry Road, near Sherwood Forest and I-12, on May 28, 2008. That night the complex would turn into a crime scene as Donald Thomas was shot and killed.
"He was leaving a friend's. When he came through, somebody shot him," said his cousin Sharday Thomas.
He was coming through a cut-through, simply known as "The Cut," when detectives said he was approached by two black men and shot several times. It happened around 1 a.m. and family and detectives know, that even after all these years, witnesses are still out there.
"Shortly after the shooting a white Dodge Magnum with Texas plates was seen leaving the area," said Baton Rouge Police Detective Matt Johnson. "We're unsure how it's involved, but they may have seen something. We'd like to speak to those people."
It was a very difficult time for a lot of people in the days, weeks and months that followed. Robyn Kirkland, who was Thomas' girlfriend at the time, spent a lot of time back then trying to figure out how not to be scared every day.
"I'm scared. I can tell you I'm scared. Today in the world, everybody is getting killed," Kirkland said.
A sentiment shared by many. Donald Thomas actually shared an apartment with his cousin in the complex. She is hoping those who did this, ultimately, find a conscience and turn themselves in. Even after all these years, it would help.
"I just don't think it's fair for someone to take the life of your loved one and get away with it. They didn't give him that life," said Sharday Thomas.
It wasn't long after the shooting that Sharday moved out. She just couldn't live there anymore. She's just one of many family members who surrounded her cousin's young son back then. They hoped to be able to bring him up in a world less violent than the one that took his daddy. Well, the world is still very violent, and that killer is still out there.