Victim’s Voice: Mother pleads for BRPD to respond, solve son’s murder

The last four months have been unimaginable for Latasha Hebert as she tries to get some closure on her son Kenzell Hebert’s murder.

Her 24-year-old son Kenzell Hebert was shot and killed on Oct. 7, 2022 on Elm St. while sitting in a car with his friend and she says she has not received any answers on who took her son’s life.

Hebert said she has had zero communication with the Baton Rouge Police Dept. about her son’s case for over a month and the mother says it’s a very hard situation not having justice for Kenzell Hebert.

“I need justice for my son and I can’t get anyone to call me back,” Latasha said. “I’ve been reaching out to them (BRPD) for over a month now and I don’t understand.”

Kenzell Hebert
Kenzell Hebert (Source: Hebert’s mother)

Hebert said she has information that could help solve her son’s murder or at least provide new leads in the case that authorities have ignored. She added it’s been nearly a month she continues to call BRPD to give them the additional information that could possibly lead to an arrest, but that her calls fall on deaf ears.

Hebert said her son didn’t harm anyone.

“He was a people person. He was always smiling, very friendly,” she said. “He was a God-fearing young man. He was outgoing and he loved people. Didn’t have any drama in the streets as for as beefing or fighting. He went to work every day. He was on his way to work when the guy shot the car up. He wasn’t the street type of person. He was a ladies man and a very humble person. He wasn’t violent.”

Hebert said she wants the line of communication open between her and BRPD. Her message to those handling her son’s case was simple.

“Please reach out to me,” she pleaded. “If they put themselves in my shoes, they wouldn’t be able to walk two steps. I’m hurting. Please reach out to me. I need justice for my son. Just put yourself in my shoes, and I guarantee you that you wouldn’t be able to walk as far as two steps. That’s how bad I’m hurting because nobody has contacted me to give me justice for my son and I have the answers that they need.”

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BRPD does not work with UWK and does not respond to any emails or questions regarding cases. It’s why BRPD does not have a response in this report.

As per BRPD General Order 139, Public Information Officers may communicate with authorized news media representatives which is defined as “those individuals who are directly employed by agencies of the electronic or print media such as radio, television and newspapers.” The policy specifically states that “free-lance workers in this field are to be regarded as other members of the general public unless otherwise designated by the Chief of Police.”

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