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Louisiana woman’s 2 sons fatally shot in less than a year

March 26, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A woman whose son was killed in a shooting within earshot of her family’s home in Louisiana last year has now lost her only other son, also in a deadly shooting.

Travis Carr, 33, was found dead in the driver’s seat of his car Saturday night in Baton Rouge, news outlets reported. His brother, 34-year-old Henry “CJ” Carr, was killed in May less than 2 miles (3 kilometers) from where he was shot Saturday.

“I can’t take much more. . Travis was my baby boy,” The Advocate quoted their mother, Shirley Carr, as saying in a Monday report , wiping a tear from her eye.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said the investigation into Travis Carr’s slaying has not identified motives or suspects. Carr said she does not believe the shootings roughly 10 months apart are connected, and neither do police.

Travis Carr was shot while he was driving, police said. He had been released from prison in October after serving about three years for two drug possession convictions. His mother said he had put a troublesome life behind him and was a father of four expecting one more child with his girlfriend. He found a steady job and was checking on his grieving parents daily.

Carr also said she had talked to him about moving on and not getting caught up in retaliation for his brother’s death. CJ Carr was killed in an armed robbery in the parking lot of an apartment complex that is now shuttered. Several deadly shootings and other crimes happened there over the past few years.

“I have never seen this many dead bodies until I moved here,” Erica Moten, 25, told the newspaper after CJ Carr’s slaying. Moten had lived there for more than four years with her three children. “We get caught in the middle,” she had said.

Shirley Carr said she thinks her sons’ killings are part of a culture in which too many disregard human life. Travis “never even knew what hit him,” she said. “The people that’s doing stuff like this, they’re nothing but cowards. They don’t respect anybody.”

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com