BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Anniversaries are supposed to be joyful happy times. A reason to celebrate and look back on some great memories. Not this time, not for this family.
This is brutal and sad, and the only reason to look back is to hopefully help solve a crime.
"They had no idea this was coming," said Det. Belford Johnson with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The 1700 block of Harco Drive became a crime scene on July 7, 2012. This is the Belaire community just a couple blocks south of Choctaw.
"It was a double shooting. Actually, one of the victims parents discovered the bodies," said Detective Johnson. That's right, one of the victim's parents, because this story isn't heartbreaking enough.
Joyce Moore used to live in the apartment complex across from her son, Joshua Moore, his longtime girlfriend Colamecia McQuirter and their kids. Every morning they typically knocked on her door to take her to work. Not this particular morning though. So she went looking. First she knocked on their door, then she was banging, trying to pry it open. Finally, the window. That's when she saw them, lying on the floor.
"I climbed through the window and went to him. That's when I saw the blood and the big knot on the back of my child's head," said Joyce Moore.
They had been shot to death. Both police and family believe very strongly about how it all happened.
"There was no forced entry, no kicked in door or broken windows. The person who is responsible for this, knew the victims, said Det. Johnson. "It was someone he knew. There wasn't but one person I know he let into that house. Can't say him for sure, but he's the only one, " Joshua's mom added.
Police got a phone call shortly after leading them in a particular direction. They'd like that person to call back, call Crime Stoppers. They need just a little bit more here. A little bit more before they can arrest the person who took both mom and dad away from the kids.
"My grandbabies, they looking for them. They want them to come home. They feel like they're on a trip. We tell them they are angels now and they in God's hand. They want to know when they coming back. They want to know when mom and dad is coming back. We told them, they by your side right now," said Moore.
Hopefully someone out there will now stand up beside these kids as well and make that phone call. It's been almost four years.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.