13 shot, at least one in critical condition after Bogalusa shooting during a memorial service

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NEW ORLEANS – Yesterday was supposed to be a celebration of life in Bogalusa but it ended in a night of horror. 


“All I wanted to do was celebrate his life. I didn’t want it to be a sad occasion I wanted to give his siblings, his kids his family just peace” Dominique James’ Mother, Rena Robertson shared with WGNO this afternoon. 


The Bogalusa Police Department says, Dominique James was murdered and his body was found last Friday. On Saturday, at East 4th Street and Martin Luther King Drive, an all-day memorial service was held in his honor. 


Around 9 o’clock that Saturday night, gun shots were fired leaving 13 people injured and at least one in critical condition. “I’m angry! I’m angry, I am. For inconsiderate people to come through and it has to end with people running and crying” James’ mother told us.


The Bogalusa Police Department is working to find possible suspects. They’re not sure if Saturday’s shooting has anything to do with James. When his family was asked – “No, no, no! I don’t believe it had anything to do!” said Dominique James’ Uncle, Trevon Toney. 


For now, residents in the town are cleaning up the area and trying to stay hopeful that justice will be served for both cases. 


“All we can do now is- we just need to stand together in prayer for our community and our kids” Robertson said. 

If you have tips or information about either case, call the Bogalusa Police Department at (985) 732-3611.  

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