Police investigate stabbing death

Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 2:35 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 9:41 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A long week of violence stretched into the weekend with multiple cases still under investigation, including one involving the stabbing death of a man.

It was a quiet Saturday (Oct. 23) morning on North 36th Street near North Street and North Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge. But that all changed quickly when police say Gerald Taylor, 59, was found stabbed to death in his home around 10:15 a.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 24 Baton Rouge Police Detectives arrested Kadeem Phames, 29, in connection with the death of Taylor. Phames was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the charge of second degree murder.

Neighbors said Taylor was a kind man who lived on his own and that he would often be seen strolling around the neighborhood.

“This is somebody we’ve been friends with and neighbors with for 25 years,” said Lakesha Grant.

Over that length of time, Lakesha Grant and her cousin, Carolyn Gradney, say they got to know Taylor well.

“Wayne was such a sweet person,” said Carolyn Gradney. “You would see him passing down the road and he would speak to you and, ‘Hey, how you doin’? You havin’ a good day?’ He was a really nice person.”

Baton Rouge police are still looking for any suspects or motives for answers but for a man with no known enemies, that’s where things can be tricky.

“It’s so random that’s what I’m telling you. This is like a guy that stays to himself, he walks 20 times a day, don’t bother anyone, and speaks to everybody, so I don’t know,” added Grant.

Until anything new comes up and more answers are found, Grant and Gradney say things in their neighborhood won’t be the same.

“Ask for prayers because things are going to be a little different around here because everybody in this little area on 36th Street usually watch out for each other,” explained Lakesha.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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