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Toddler killed by stray bullet in shooting; police investigating


BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department are investigating a shooting that took the life of a toddler late Tuesday, April 12.

Police said Devin Page Jr., 3, was hit by a stray bullet while lying in bed. Investigators added he died at the scene.

A spokesman with BRPD said the shooting happened on Fairfields Avenue near North Foster Drive just after 11:00 p.m.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is calling for peace following the tragedy. She issued the following statement:

“The tragic overnight killing of a young child on Fairfields Avenue is a sad reminder that our community has a long way to go in addressing gun violence. This tragedy is beyond unacceptable. Someone in our community knows who is responsible and they must come forward. At this moment our community needs to refocus. Beginning Good Friday I am calling for a Week of Peace. Week over week community members join together in planning activities of hope, but there is a small percentage that still continue to choose violence. I implore individuals to settle their disputes with words rather than with violence. The outcomes from choosing violence are never hopeful. Choose hope and choose peace.”

Devin’s family is having a memorial balloon release for him at Morning Star Full Gospel Baptist Church at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The church is located at 2267 Balis Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

The family has also set up a GoFundMe to cover his funeral expenses. You can donate to it by clicking here.

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