EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (FOX44) — The murders continue a disturbing trend in EBR Parish.
According to the East Baton Rouge coroner, there have already been 85 this year, including the murder of a pregnant woman on Madison earlier today.
The city-parish has seen about a dozen more murders than at this same time last year.
The coroner says some of the causes for the increase are poverty and a breakdown of the nuclear family. He says law enforcement is vital to turning these numbers around.
"We're seeing certainly a lot of gun related violence,” stated EBR Coroner Dr. William Clark.
There were 90 homicides all of last year in East Baton Rouge Parish.