Police Probe EBR Slayings

Mar 17, 2008 Full story: www.2theadvocate.com 15

Authorities are looking for two killers. Two men, Brent Cole and Barry Heard, were shot to death, Baton Rouge police said Sunday.

Heard, 19, of 724 Marcellious Lane, was found lying in the street in the 1200 block of South 15th Street about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, police Capt. Jeff Smith said in a news release. Heard was shot hours after standing in as the best man in his fatherís wedding, his father, Barry Givins said Sunday at the familyís home.

Heardís grandmother, Priscilla Givins, said she was told a car pulled up to where Heard was, someone inside called Heard over and he was shot before the car sped away. Heard was left lying in the street until police and Emergency Medical Services arrived, when he was taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City, police said. He died a short time later.

And just after 8 p.m. Saturday, Cole, 39, of 412 Yoakum Ave., DeQuincy, was found shot in a pickup truck parked near 7500 Goodwood Boulevard, Turner said. Officers found Cole after someone called police at 8:16 p.m. to report hearing gunshots, Turner said. He was taken to Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Center where he died, Turner said.

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An Outraged Friend

United States

#1 Mar 17, 2008
I'm not sure why more has not been reported in the media regarding the death of Brent Cole. Maybe it's because the murder is still being investigated. Maybe it's because he was just an average citizen... not a police officer or politician. Whatever the reason, the citizens of Baton Rouge need to be told. An innocent man, driving on a "safe" street in our city, was gunned down. Now an unbelieving wife grieves for her husband and two boys will grow up without their father. Was it a case of mistaken identity? Was a gang involved? Someone had to have seen something or has to know something about this senseless murder. They must come forward so justice can be served. The citizens of Baton Rouge have to know the truth and must not allow criminals to take over our city. One innocent life lost is too many.
Unbelieving Citizen

Baton Rouge, LA

#2 Mar 17, 2008
I can't believe an innocent man who was here to attend church was gunned down. What is wrong with the people of today? Lord, we need your help to protect this city from all the evil. May the person who did this get caught and receive justice. Lord, comfort his family and friends. We need you.
Longtime friend

United States

#3 Mar 17, 2008
Brent was the most decent man that I had ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was upright and lived for the Lord wholeheartedly. He never waivered. He had a wonderful family. This will be a great loss to his community, his family, the Pentecostal organization.....and the christian music world. His bright eyes and sincere smile was senselessly robbed from all of us. I will never understand what meaness people possess to enable them to take someones life.
I pray that God will bring justice to this situation....and peace to Brent's family. There are hundreds of people grieving this loss right now.
Friend of the Family

United States

#4 Mar 17, 2008
I knew Brent for a long time, he went to school with my husband. I also had the opportunity to work with him at Brookshire Bros. where he was an assistant manager for a while. I am here to tell you, you will never come across a more humble, talented, and God-loving human. He loved his family and doted on his sons every time he had the opportunity. He also loved to play the bass guitar, and was an awesome player. I was floored when I heard of his death. He will be greatly missed. My heart grieves for his wife and sons.
Classmate from DeQuincy

Washington, DC

#5 Mar 17, 2008
When my sister called me in Washington D.C. to tell me the news of the death of one of my former classmates from DeQuincy High School and former brother in Christ from my hometown and home church of DeQuincy, Louisiana -- I was speechless. This is such an atrocity that it is unimaginable what someone's motives could have been against such a person as Brent Cole. Everything that people have said about him in the other postings, I know to be true. There could have absolutely been no motives against this man. This is an horrific and unjustifiable crime without rhyme or reason! I hope and pray that the ones responsible for his death will be found and given the death penalty themselves. How safe is it to go to church anymore? I can only imagine what grief his family and friends in DeQuincy are feeling right now. My prayers will be with them while my heart breaks for this whole unfathomable situation. Why? I suppose that the scriptures are inclusive of this act when it tells us in Ecclesiastes that "Time and chance happened to all." Brent was guilty of nothing but being at the wrong place at the wrong time. God help us all if this is what our country is coming to. So why do we as Americans insist that guns should be available to citizens? Wake up all of you pro-gun people and realize what they are doing to our neighborhoods and to the innocent lives that are being slaughtered!
Musician in Baton Rouge

Durham, NC

#6 Mar 18, 2008
I agree that this was senseless. I also must say that I played with Brent numerous times, and he was (as everyone else said here) a great friend and Christian...a real example.

That said, I don't agree with the above poster about taking the average citizen's guns, though. I hate to get off topic, as the comments above are about Brent and what a shining example of a man he was, but since the poster above mentioned gun control, I had to reply.

I feel sure that the perpetrator in the crime used an unlicensed (or stolen) handgun. A coworker's husband was getting gas on Florida Blvd.(about 1 mile from where this happened) in broad daylight a month ago, and someone approached his truck with a knife and attempted to rob him. Had he not had his (legally-concealed) weapon, who knows what would have happened? The guy ran off when he brandished it.

Brent will most definitely be missed by all.:( I'm still coming to grips with the fact that terrible things still happen to good people...no matter how innocent.
resident of deridder

AOL

#7 Mar 18, 2008
My heart goes out to Brent wife and sons! Brent was a decent honest man! I know his churhc will greatly miss him! He was a very kind polite honest man with a heart as bigas the whole wide outdoors! I will say a special prayer for his family tonight. And I pray the the criminal that took this sweet mans life never has a monents of rest!
Just a reader

Washington, DC

#8 Mar 20, 2008
My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost such a viable precious man. May God comfort your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Also, I would like to comment that legal can also mean lethal to innocent lives. The killer who open fired into classrooms at Virgina Tech was a licensed gun carrier. Statistically, America does have one of the highest crime rates in the world and is in first place for the number it imprisons. Other countries who only allow law enforcement officers to carry legal weapons do not have these issues. I would like to see America a safer place for all of us -- especially for the innocent lives such as Brent Cole's who was untimely stolen by gun shots.
Farewell Brent

Lake Charles, LA

#9 Mar 27, 2008
This was broadcast on our local tv station in Lake Charles (Dequincy).

http://kplcblogs.typepad.com/hotbutton/2008/0...
Outraged in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

#10 Jun 21, 2008
Saturday's The Advocate reports that one of the alleged murderers is free now on $100,000 bail. His mother is La. State Representative Regina A. Barrow, and State District Judge Janice Clark set that bail, even though she primarily handles a civil docket.

The other suspect had a different judge set his bail at $250,000, even though he is charged the same.

Leave it to Louisiana politics to add a scandal to a horrendous crime!
Outraged in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

#11 Jun 21, 2008
Judge Janice Clark has been called upon before to set bail for James G. Barrow last year also, when he
was charged with aggravated battery, attempted second-degree kidnapping and theft of a firearm. He was accused of attacking a man with a baseball bat, aiming a gun at him, and ordering him into the trunk of a car.

Ethics and possible criminal charges should be levied against this judge who appears to be coddling a criminal because he's the son of a state lawmaker!
Thankful Friend

Troy, MI

#12 Jun 21, 2008
The above posts from Baton Rouge warm the heart of a small town christian. It is easy to see that you share in our anger and outrage over the way this suspect has been handled. I only ask that you continue to pray with our community, our church, and most of all Brent's family to see that justice is served in our court system. I would like to appeal to Representative Regina Barrow and Judge Janice Clark to step asside and allow Brent Cole a fair day in court. Let us never forget that Brent Cole, his wife, and two sons are the true victims in this matter. Politics should play no role in justice in this case or any other. Politics should never enter into the court room. Louisiana is famous for its crooked politians and "good old boy" way of running things. I am not accusing these two ladies of anything. I am only appealing to them to prove the critics wrong. Allow this case to procede without becoming about Louisiana politics. This is about the loss of one innocent man's life. Please allow our justice system to work on the merits of the evidence and actions of that fateful night. For the sake of Brent Cole's family, do not make this a circus.

“Time flies like an arrow...”

Since: Mar 07

"fruit flies like a banana"

#13 Jun 22, 2008
Thankful Friend wrote:
The above posts from Baton Rouge warm the heart of a small town christian. It is easy to see that you share in our anger and outrage over the way this suspect has been handled. I only ask that you continue to pray with our community, our church, and most of all Brent's family to see that justice is served in our court system. I would like to appeal to Representative Regina Barrow and Judge Janice Clark to step asside and allow Brent Cole a fair day in court. Let us never forget that Brent Cole, his wife, and two sons are the true victims in this matter. Politics should play no role in justice in this case or any other. Politics should never enter into the court room. Louisiana is famous for its crooked politians and "good old boy" way of running things. I am not accusing these two ladies of anything. I am only appealing to them to prove the critics wrong. Allow this case to procede without becoming about Louisiana politics. This is about the loss of one innocent man's life. Please allow our justice system to work on the merits of the evidence and actions of that fateful night. For the sake of Brent Cole's family, do not make this a circus.
I really wish that were possible.

Regina Barrow will become the Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus on July 1.

The spinning hasnt' even begun yet.
PMS

Beaumont, TX

#14 Jun 23, 2008
pragmatist wrote:
<quoted text>
I really wish that were possible.
Regina Barrow will become the Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus on July 1.
The spinning hasnt' even begun yet.
My deepest sympathy to the cole family. I'm sure some of you have children and i'm sure some of them are not what you want them to be, are may not turn out to be what you want them to be. I pray none of you ever go through a situation like as this one. This woman is in two hard position. A mother and a Representative of her state. He is an adult. Again it seems you focusing on the mother and not the adult son.

“La Grimasse!!”

Since: Mar 07

Ventress

#15 Jun 23, 2008
I'd like to focus on him...one shot, right between the eyes...

He apparently needs killing

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