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August 24, 2005

A Person of Interest?

It's been just over four months since a murder in mid city took the life of a 24 year old man. The crime has both his family and the police left to question why? 

It was just before 11 oclock at night and flashing lights could be seen for blocks. The neighborhood near the 2600 block of North Boulevard was very busy the night of April 18th of this year. Someone had been shot. There was actually an officer on patrol, in the area, during the time of the shooting, he actually heard the gunshots. But by the time he got here, all he found was a body, even though he responded in a couple of minutes. Whoever did the shooting, was gone in seconds.

It was late at night, but witnesses did see someone of interest.  Detective John Hart with the Baton Rouge Police Department said, "There was a black male, hooded short, blue jeans. He was seen running from the area, jumped two fences, just fled the area."

But why was 24 year old Rundy Jackson shot, was it robbery? Police don't believe so.  Detective Hart said, "He wasn't robbed, nothing was stolen. His car was left just a few feet from where he was found, it wasn't tampered with."

He had just stopped at Jack-in-the-Box to grab something to eat, his food was still in the car, nothing was touched. Police just don't know why he was shot. It's the not knowing why, that makes this even more difficult for his family. 

Temarya has two kids, Rundy's niece and nephew. Her youngest, her son, shares a lot with his uncle, a man he'll never know. Temarya said, "my son looks just like him and he don't know him. He won't be able to get to know him." She is hopeful that a community will come together, come together and help her family answer that question. Why? She believes however, that information from the community will be hard to come by.  "If it's not their family, they don't care. I don't think that it's right, but that's just the way it is." 

If you think you can help, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. You can of course remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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