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September 6, 2006

LSU Student's Murder Remains Unsolved

Kassie Lynn Federer's murder happened seven years ago, but it's a crime that still baffles authorities and haunts friends and family. Kassie was an LSU student and her murder has never been solved. In this Crime Stoppers report, WAFB's Matt Williams has a new look, and maybe you'll remember a clue.

A quiet apartment complex, just north of City Park in Baton Rouge on a quiet fall day back in 1999; a quiet that would change dramatically the afternoon of September 13. 19-year-old LSU student Kassie Lynn Federer returned to her apartment after going to class, and she would never leave her apartment alive again.

"She obviously entered her apartment, [and] locked the door," says Sgt. Madeline Brooks from the Baton Rouge Police Department. "Some time that afternoon, before three, someone kicked the door in, and shot and killed her."

Just like that, Kassie was gone. Police believe it happened so quickly, she was all but defenseless. The killer shot at Kassie repeatedly as she ran towards the kitchen.

Some of the bullets fired at Kassie penetrated the living room wall, doing some damage to the apartment next door. When that tenant came home later that day, they wanted to know what all the damage was from.  A short time later they found Kassie.

"It appears that she had the phone in her hand, most probably had grabbed it, trying to call for help," Brooks says.

That call was never made: a bullet pierced both lungs and her heart; she died instantly. Debby Durapau, Kassie's mother, was in class at Southeastern when her husband showed up with the life changing news.

"The look on his face, I knew something was very bad," remembers Durapau. "I asked, ‘Which one of my children?' He looked at me and said, ‘Kassie.'  I said, ‘How bad?' because I'm thinking car accident.  He said, ‘She's dead.'"

Durapau lost her only daughter that day, 15 days before her 20th birthday. On Debby's birthday, her two sons make sure to call her: "There is always that third one you are waiting for; it never comes. That's the pain."

There was only one thing taken from Kassie's apartment: her blue book bag has never been found.

If you think you can help police solve this crime, give Crime Stoppers a call at 344-STOP. 

Reporter: Matt Williams mattwilliams@wafb.com

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