- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 27-year-old man was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle in a strip mall parking lot in Baton Rouge on Monday night, police said.

George Reusch Jr. died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, police said. Police spokesman Lt. Jonny Dunnam said the shooting took place in the parking lot near Hooters restaurant around 7:20 p.m. near Interstate 10.

Dunnam said two men believed to have been involved in the shooting ran from the parking lot and fled.

The victims’ parents told the Advocate (https://bit.ly/1mfzZMf ) that they were shocked. George Edward Reusch, the victim’s father, said he and his wife were at their Prairieville home when they received the news.

“I heard a knock on the door and thought it was UPS,” he said. “We had a lot of packages coming in. And then it turns out it’s two detectives.”

Reusch said he thinks his son may have been killed in a carjacking after he had just bought him a new Jeep Grand Cherokee the week before.

“It was a great big thing,” he said. “It had a V8 engine in it.” He added: “It didn’t even have tags on it.”

George Reusch Jr. was engaged to 21-year-old Yasbeth Espinosa for the last two and half years and had a seven-month-old son with her, Roman Kees Reusch. The couple was talking about getting married in February.

George Reusch Jr. grew up in Houston and moved to Louisiana in high school, his parents said. He attended Dutchtown High School and was a bodybuilder.

The family plans to have a memorial in Baton Rouge and then another in Alexandria where his mother, Beverly Kees Reusch, grew up.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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