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Protesters march on State Capitol to break silence in murders of SU students

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The mother of a Southern University student killed during a gun fight at a Baton Rouge apartment complex took her fight to the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol.

She urged witnesses to speak up so that police can bring the case to a close.                      

Theresa Tillman and her relatives marched on the State Capitol for her daughter LaShuntae Benton and Annette January. Both were killed in the crossfire of a gunfight in April. 

"Two college kids died for absolutely nothing, for a senseless violent crime that did not have to happen," Benton said.

It has been 45 days since the shooting. No one has been charged in the murders. Tillman said her contact with police is becoming less frequent.

"I haven't heard anything in a little over a week now week and a half, really. It's basically a sit and wait game," Tillman said.

State senators Regina Barrow and Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb supported Tillman and the others. Colomb, whose step daughter was murdered by serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, offered condolences and comfort.

"I was on these steps many a day, just like you," Colomb told Tillman.

Colomb, like Tillman, is frustrated with the silence that has surrounded Benton and January's case. She, too, had a message for witnesses.

"This silence is ridiculous and it's only multiplying and allowing more and more people to get killed because somebody is afraid to tell. Speak up and speak out," Colomb said.

Tillman said her fight is far from over. She believes her daughter's killer will be caught.

"She believed in me for 19 years as her mother and I know she believes I am not going to stop until I get justice for her," Tillman said.

When asked whether they had any new leads in the case, Baton Rouge Police would only say the investigation is ongoing.

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