Baton Rouge interstate shooting leaves mother dead

BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge Police are investigating a deadly interstate shooting that left a 17-yr-old mother dead.

It happened around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25th on Interstate 110 near the Hollywood St. exit.

The victim is 17-yr-old Nykobia Keller, and she was headed back to her own home off the Hollywood St. exit after dropping off her boyfriend, Kepler’s family told Unfiltered with Kiran.

“She was a loving and caring young woman and loved being a mom,” Keller’s aunt Mary Roberson said. “She had a 4-yr-old. She was fun loving and the laugh of every party. I want justice for her because they didn’t have to do my baby like that.”

Officers pieced together that Keller and another passenger were in a vehicle driving northbound on I-110 when a car pulled up alongside them and started shooting.

It’s unclear at this time why the occupant(s) of that car shot.

When police arrived on the scene of the interstate shooting, Keller had already died from her injuries. The passenger in the vehicle was not injured. An autopsy will be performed to confirm cause of death on Keller.

The car whose occupant(s) shot at the two women fled the scene.

East Baton Rouge Sharon Weston Broome issued a statement in response to Keller’s death on the Baton Rouge interstate shooting:

The recent shootings on the interstate are both alarming and saddening. My administration has been aggressively working to address public safety. The recent reduction in violent crime has been a part of an existing strategy to make our community more safe. We are committed to continuing this work. Our law enforcement community will stand together to capture the person or persons perpetrating these horrible acts of violence. Anyone with information concerning these shootings should come forward immediately. Call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

To the families of the victims in these cowardly acts of violence, I offer my deepest condolences. Additionally, I want you and every member of our community to know we’re working diligently to apprehend the person or persons responsible for these shootings. We will catch them.

~Mayor Broome

Interstate shootings in Baton Rouge are sadly becoming more and more common. As of Jan. 2023, there had been three interstate shooting in the BR area over a five-week span.

In Dec. 2022, there was a deadly shooting also on Interstate 110 near the Airline Hwy. exit in which Lenard Moore, 44, died.

Anyone with any information on the interstate shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 344-STOP.

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