Family remembers victim killed in Baker shooting
BAKER, La. (WAFB) - In the hours before he was found dead in his Baker home Friday, Nov. 18, Quentin Norman was planning a surprise Thanksgiving dinner for his grandmother, family members tell WAFB.
“He was cooking turkey necks and asking what to put in them,” said one family member who recalled her last conversation with 27-year-old Norman.
Sometime after that conversation, Norman stopped answering calls or posting on social media, according to his loved ones. So they asked Baker Police officers to check on him at his home on Jefferson Street near the Charleston Oaks Apartments.
Not long after, Norman was found unresponsive. A line of law enforcement vehicles and a coroner’s van crowded the street around his apartment and taped off the area. Originally, police considered the possibility that Norman could have died of natural causes, officials said.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office released Norman’s name to the public Wednesday, Nov. 23, and blamed his death on a gunshot wound.
Baker Police have not shared information about the shooter and it is unknown what led up to Norman’s death.
“My heart goes out to the family. These circumstances are not good at any time of the year, but especially during the holidays,” said Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn. Dunn said he could only provide limited information about the case as detectives work to piece together what all happened.
Heading into the holidays, those close to Norman say his loss is greatly felt, especially by younger family members.
“He always was there, so my son is taking it pretty hard,” said one of Norman’s relatives. “If it ain’t no more than going to buy a happy meal, that put a smile on baby’s face.”
They say memories of Norman’s big smile, kind nature, and deep love of family are helping them cope with their grief.
“Anybody that you could possibly talk to [will] tell you that he was sweet, loving, kind and that he cared about his family. He always cared about his friends. If you call him, he is one call away. He is right there for you whenever you need him,” said a family member.
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