Port Allen police investigate city's first homicide of 2017 after man found shot to death in home

Port Allen police investigate city's first homicide of 2017 after man found shot to death in home - 6 p.m.
Published: Nov. 2, 2017 at 1:48 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2017 at 8:40 PM CDT
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Burbridge Street in Port Allen (Source: WAFB)
Burbridge Street in Port Allen (Source: WAFB)

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Detectives in Port Allen are investigating the city's first homicide of 2017 after a man was found shot to death in his home Thursday morning.

Family members identified the victim as Fretrell Queen, 28. The victim's cousin, Jessica Franklin, says right now, they're devastated to say the least. "I just wish somebody would get whoever did this to him because he didn't not deserve it at all," said Franklin.

The Port Allen Police Department reported it happened on Burbridge Street, which is off North Alexander Avenue near Rosedale Road.

Just two months shy of making it through another year without a homicide, investigators with the Port Allen Police Department found themselves at Queen's home right around dawn. Police haven't been on the scene of a homicide since 2013. Chief Esdron Brown says he was shocked. "You know, you hate to see something like this happen, so it's really disappointing," he said.

Investigators found Queen in a bedroom closet, dead from gunshot wounds.

Family members say Queen had just recently celebrated his 28th birthday, so right now, they're trying to wrap their mind around it all. "Y'all took something away from us that was real special," Franklin said. "Fretrell is going to always be missed and loved."

The family adds Queen was the only person inside the home at the time. Officials say there were no signs of forced entry.

As a father of a 2-year-old little girl, with another child on the way, Queen's cousin says family was the only thing he lived for. "Everyone is overwhelmed at this point. We trying to understand why and what reason anybody would want to kill him like this. I don't understand," said Franklin.

Detectives have not yet identified a suspect or established a motive.

The investigation is ongoing.

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