BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — "He was protecting the family, keeping them from coming inside the apartment," says friend Belle Bellard
A 24-year old man was shot at the Pueblo Apartments around ten Monday night. According to Bellard the man 'Travis' had just moved to Baton Rouge to start a new life with his wife 'Alice' and newborn baby 'Noah'. He died protecting them from two robbers
"She's safe, the baby's safe. That's all he would have wanted," says Bellard
Neighbors say he was shot once in the abdomen. he died at the hospital.
"We saw him laying in the door and he looked gone," says neighbor Susannah Turner
Susannah Turner lives with Bellard right next door to where Travis lived. They know how close they came to being victimized late Monday night. Now, they're planning on leaving Baton Rouge and going someplace safer.
"It's too much. It's not safe. I don't want to be in harm's way," says Turner
But no matter where they move, they say they'll always remember their friend who loved to play the guitar while sitting in his chair in the front of his apartment.
"He was really friendly to everybody. He was always willing to do something for somebody. So it was really nice to have him around. He always cared about his family. That was important to him," says Bellard.