BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A loving family, a promising career and just 33 years old. Then, just like that, everything changes after a life is ended.
Eddie Keys III has a family that has been left to grieve, but it may be friends who have the answers.
"It's personal. I've always felt it was personal. It's someone he called a friend, somebody he previously associated with," said his widow Kimberly Farris Keys.
The early morning of July 21, 2015 would turn everyone's world upside down. Eddie was driving down the 1800 block of Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge.
"He was seated inside his vehicle. Approximately two o'clock in the morning, just waiting for a light to change," said Det. Zac Woodring with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Very shortly after, his car crashed into a concrete wall along the side of the road, bounced between some trees, and came to rest in the grass.
"We responded to a motor vehicle accident and upon arrival found Mr. Keys had been shot and killed inside his vehicle," Woodring said.
There are so many questions. Did somebody roll up and shoot him? Did somebody walk up and shoot him? Was somebody in the car with him? Why was he along that stretch of road at that time of day? Was that normal? Kimberly has some ideas.
"My thought process is, he went to the bank. Then he went to jubilee, the corner store across from Wendy's to get his cigarettes," she said.
He would never make it back home. He died right there in his car that warm July morning. So once again we are left with the big questions of who and why?
"By all accounts, he was a decent hard working guy. No enemies, and he left behind a wife and a young daughter," Woodring said.
In fact his daughter was just 12 years old when she had her dad taken away from her. Now going on almost a year since this all happened, she, and the rest of the family are still waiting on those answers. Kimberly believes those answers can be found in one place in Baton Rouge. One community. One neighborhood.
"I think the key lies in Valley Park. Everybody there knew him. I would hope they'd come forth with what they know," she said.
So will the community demand answers and justice here? Or is this another case destined to go cold?
Anyone with information about this case that could help investigators is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Law enforcement in East Baton Rouge Parish were called to investigate 79 murders during 2015. An additional 15 homicides happened in the parish that were classified as either justified or negligent shootings. Of the total cases, 62 were investigated by the Baton Rouge Police Department.