Crackdown on Crime - Demolition crew finds dead body

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man is found shot to death inside an abandoned home. More than a year after the gruesome discovery answers to who did it are still hard to come by.

It was a demolition crew that actually found the body of 22-year-old Derrick Dwayne Braxton inside the home off North Adams Street. According to neighbors the house had a lot of activity before being torn down.

"There was nothing in the house. No furniture or anything, but they were just going in and out. I guess it was turning into a crack house," said resident Bissie Rosmore.

Braxton was found the morning of July 16th in the home's car port - dead from several gunshot wounds. Investigators aren't sure if he was shot or dumped there. They're once again appealing to the public to help track Braxton's whereabouts in the days before his death.

"We solve a lot of crimes by people getting involved, neighborhoods saying listen we're not going to put up with drug dealers and bad things that go on in neighborhoods and get involved and contacting our agency so we can unite as some sort of front to show people out there that doing wrong and decaying neighborhoods that that's not what we're about. And that we're going to put people in jail behind cases that are bad," said Sgt. Mark Kraus.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

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