Victim’s Voice: Mother says life ‘turned upside down’ following son’s murder

Ennis Abraham

BATON ROUGE — Monday, Aug. 14, marked 80 days since Paulisha Darbigny-Abraham lost her son, Ennis, to gun violence in Baton Rouge, and she still has no idea what really happened to her son that night.

Ennis Abraham and a friend Jorey Bryant were victims of a drive-by shooting on Main Street near North Acadian Thruway around 11:30 p.m. on May 26.

Bryant was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but Ennis did not survive the shooting.

Paulisha said she had not gotten any traction on figuring out what happened to her son.

“At first, he (Bryant), when the whole incident happened, was saying it was the car that circled the block maybe two times,” she recalled. “Then he said it was a black car, and the guy put the window down and just started shooting. I want justice because my child didn’t deserve to die like that. His friend got shot with him.

“I call vigorously,” she added. “Monday, Wednesday, Friday, sometimes I call every day, but I still get no answers. I told him (Detective) this is not your typical little child that runs on the street and gets killed, and nobody cares. You’re going to hear from me.”

Ennis, a Jeanerette native, was loved by many people, according to his mother. She said that was evident by the people who attended his memorial service in June.

Ennis Abraham

“I didn’t realize he was that loved until the day of the funeral,” Paulisha recalled. “When I say that church might’ve been able to hold 3,000 people, t was packed. There were chairs down the aisle. When I got up and I turned around to walk out, I was like, ‘Wow, that many people.’ It really made my heart smile.”

Ennis was only 26 years old when he died. He left behind two young children and a family who loved him.

“My son didn’t deserve to die like that,” Paulisha said. “He was not an animal the way they killed him. That’s just not fair. Our lives have been turned upside down. All we want is answers.”

Baton Rouge Police is investigating the case.

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