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Louisiana State University The death of student Allison Rice has been ruled a homicide, a spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office told Fox News Digital.
Rice, 21, was found shot and killed in her car in downtown Baton Rouge early Friday morning near the Government Street train tracks, the Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed to WAFB-TV.
Investigators told the TV station she may have been waiting for a train to pass when an unknown assailant fired five to six shots.
LSU STUDENT KILLED IN HIS CAR REMEMBERED AS ‘EVERYONE’S DAUGHTER
The coroner’s office said the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. Rice was a senior at LSU studying marketing.
LSU released a statement on Friday saying it was “saddened by his murder and that ‘his family and friends are in our thoughts.’
Baton Rouge has always had a high crime rate, which has increased in recent years, according to local reports. The city had the 9th highest homicide rate in the nation in 2020, according to public records.
Rice’s aunt, Susie Rice Granier, previously told Fox News Digital that she was heartbroken over her niece’s murder.
“We miss her,” Granier said. “She was always smiling and happy. I just imagine her walking into her dad’s house and saying, ‘Hi everyone!’ and hugging and kissing everyone, smiling. She was just a bubbly person. She was a cheerleader with school spirit awards and stuff like that.
LSU STUDENT KILLED NEAR TRAIN TRACKS IN DOWNTOWN BATON ROUGE
Investigators believe Rice was hanging out with friends before her murder. On the way back, she had to cross a rough area, where she was ambushed, Granier said.
Witnesses told 4WWL that Rice tried to turn around at 2:20 a.m. when the bullets started flying.
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Police have not publicly identified a suspect or motive.