It was back in September of 2003 when two young men, two friends, were riding their bikes down a Baton Rouge street... a ride that for one of them, would be his last. That simple bike ride, and the right answer to a menacing offer, led to murder.
If you've never met 20-year-old Christopher Barrett, let me tell you a little about him. He was the kind of person, the kind of son, who would dress up like Steve Urkel, just to make his mother smile when she was having a bad day. When she got home from work, he would walk her from her car to the door of the house, just a few feet, just to make sure she was safe.
"He was one of a kind, loved people, loved his mother," says Shirley Williams, Chris' mom.
Chris had been living with his father, but moved back in with his mother two weeks prior to September 22nd, 2003. It was about midnight when he and a friend were riding their bikes down Gus Young, near the intersection of 35th Street.
Chris and his friend would have made their mothers proud that night. As they rolled down the road, someone tried to get them to buy some drugs. They said "no." Police believe that drug deal was just a facade, they believe that the initial intent, all along, was robbery. So when those dealers showed up a second time, just moments later, they decided to take what they wanted.
According to Detective Robert Schilling, "Mr. Barrett fled in one direction, his friend went another direction. Barrett was chased by three of the four subjects in the car and was shot and killed."
His mother describes, "The way Chris ran, there was a gate he had to cross, and Chris fell. They tell me they shot him ten times."
The vehicle used by the four suspects was very unique. According to police, it's pink or purple in color. "That's a fairly distinctive vehicle we're looking for, pink or purple," says Schilling. "Four subjects in it, only one of whom pulled the trigger. It's time to give this young man and his family some justice."
For Christopher's mother, it's a day-to-day process, a process that started the day after he was killed. "I think it was the next day before I cried. It just didn't seem possible."
If you are responsible for this mother's pain, take a good look at what you've done. If you know you can help, it's time to help. Please call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. You can remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a reward of up to 1,000 dollars.