BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — A day that was supposed to be filled with family and laughter quickly crumbled Thursday morning for Annie McCarty when her brother-in-law, Ron Derison, was shot and killed. She said he was just going to the store to get some insect spray for his mom, but he never made it home.
"They said he was gone, I didn't believe it. I had to come see it for myself. so it's hurtful, it's really painful," said McCarty.
She said she spoke to him hours before he died, not knowing it would be the last time.
"(He was) Cheerful, goofing around, cracking jokes and stuff like that. And he said he was leaving the house, said he was coming right back. Going to the store, said he was coming right back. He just never made it."
The city's latest murder came just hours before law enforcement officials announced success with the BRAVE project. Interim police chief Carl Dabadie said the murder is a tragedy, but shootings like these are happening less.
"The numbers show, a.) That it is working. Like we said before, we've got a very long way to go. Trying to completely take homicides and violent crimes out is a huge step for us to undertake," explained Dabadie.
Family and friends are confused about who would do this, but one thing they do know is he will be missed.
"Rides by, speaks to ya, 'hi' and 'bye.’ That's the most you'll get out of him. He's a nice guy. He didn't deserve that," said neighbor Curtis Bennett.
"He would help you do anything, he was a sweet person. I don't understand how anybody could do anything like this," said McCarty.
Police have no motive for the shooting and they ask anyone with information to contact their offices at 389-4869