LSU student shot dead while sitting in vehicle

The Baton Rouge Police are investigating the city’s latest homicide. The victim has been identified as a LSU marketing senior Allison Rice, 21, from Geismar, La.

It happened overnight in the 1500 block of Government St. around 2:20am after several shots were fired. Sources said Rice was leaving after hanging out with friends in mid-city.

Rice was found dead inside her own vehicle in the middle of the roadway after she was shot multiple times. Her vehicle also had multiple bullet holes.

Officials say it appears she was shot while driving with sources adding she may have been shot while waiting on a train to move.

LSU issued a statement:

The LSU community is saddened to hear of senior Allison Rice being killed overnight. Her family and friends are in our thoughts, and we encourage anyone who may have more information about this crime to contact Baton Rouge Police.

Any of her friends and classmates that would like to speak with someone about this or needs help processing this loss can contact the Mental Health Service in the Student Health Center (tel:225-578-8774).

EBR Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome issued a statement in response:

My heart goes out to the family, loved ones, and classmates of Allison Rice, a young LSU student who had her entire life ahead of her. This senseless violence is completely unacceptable and Baton Rouge Police officers are thoroughly investigating to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Our university community is an essential part of the fabric of Baton Rouge. It is of the utmost importance as we welcome students from across our state and the nation that we create a safe environment. I am coordinating a meeting with LSU and Southern University’s Presidents, BRCC Chancellor, Student Government, BRPD and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office to discuss safety for all of our college students in Baton Rouge.

I urge anyone with information about this senseless crime to please contact Baton Rouge Police Department or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers.

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