2 high school students die in unrelated shootings

Darren Smart
Darren Smart
Darrion Lebeuf
Darrion Lebeuf

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In less than a week, two Istrouma High School students have been killed in unrelated shootings. An 18-year-old was killed Thursday night and a 16-year-old was found dead Saturday.

Investigators do not have any suspects at this time, but police said there are people out there who know something about why these teenagers died and who killed them.

It's no doubt been a very tough weekend for some of the students at the high school. One of their classmates, Darren Smart, 18, was shot Thursday night by a group of kids riding bikes down the street.

Another student, Darrion Lebeuf, 16, was found dead inside a vacant home Saturday.

Grief counselors were at the school Monday morning to help comfort students. A spokesman for the school system said extra security was also at the school, though neither shooting happened on school property.

Police said they are hearing the shooting on Thursday was the aftermath of an altercation a week prior. It's not clear whether Smart was involved in that. Police added they have heard the other victim's name before.

"This 16-year-old's name has come up in different burglaries in the area," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

The spokesman for the police department said the age of the two victims is alarming, but there's also an issue with young kids having access to guns and shooting to kill.

He said between the music, television and what they hear and see in some of these neighborhoods, it's almost like they are becoming desensitized to death.

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