IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - An investigation into a shooting that left a 14-year-old dead early Wednesday morning remains ongoing.
Friends and family of the victim, Jonathan Tobias, 14, gathered at the Joe Davis Park on Saturday, April 27, to celebrate the teenager’s life. Those who knew Tobias remembered him as outgoing and friendly.
Sheriff Brett Stassi with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office says the tragedy is one that investigators will work hard to solve.
“To have an innocent person who had no dog in this fight to be killed is unimaginable. This was a cowardly act, and it will not go unsolved,” said Stassi.
Participants who attended the vigil says they hope it will also serve as a peace rally to help reduce gun violence in their community.
“We trying to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Claysha Williams.
“We have to stay consistent because if we don’t stay consistent, this peace rally wouldn’t mean a thing,” said Raheem Pierce.
Police believe bullets went through the walls of the victim’s home on Barrow Street in Plaquemine, striking and killing Tobias.
Investigators say Tobias was standing in his bathroom when someone fired shots across the street in an unrelated incident. The shooter fled the scene.
“This young man for all intents and purposes, 14-year-old kid, good kid, goes to school, comes home, shoots a little basketball, plays video games,” said Stassi. “He had no bone in this battle.”
The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office says they are adding an additional 5,000 dollars to Crime Stopper’s current reward of 2,500 dollars.
If you know anything about this shooting, contact Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867. You do not have to give your name.