Family of Ouachita Parish teen still mourning one year after his murder

Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 9:58 PM CDT
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - It’s been one year since Reginald Hill, Jr. was shot and killed, and the thought of his death is still hard to accept for this family.

“It’s been a year, and I made it through the first year with the help of God. He covered me from that pain. A year later, that pain is worse than it was before because that’s my baby,” said Marilyn Hill, Reginald’s mom.

The 19-year-old was one of three shot after an alleged robbery set up on the night of October 1, 2019 on the corner of Coleman Avenue and South 11th Street.

Hill’s mother described the past year as painful and unbearable.

“I was so numb to the fact a year ago, I still look for my baby to come home and walk through that door. I’m still looking for him to come home,” said Hill.

According to West Monroe Police, Alicia Anderson, Nigel Frazier and a juvenile were charged as adults in Hill’s murder. Due to COVID-19 a trial date has not been set.

Hill’s sister Latronna says gun violence is destroying their community, and it must come to an end.

“It’s so heartbreaking that these young people are losing their lives and aren’t able to live. My brother won’t be able to live and see his daughter grow,” said Latronna Hill.

Hill’s daughter is now a year-old, and is a constant reminder of his impact on their lives.

“Oh my God. Sometimes it’s so hard to look at her because she looks so much like my baby that sometimes it’s like he’s living through her. I just think and praise God for her mom to allow her and to keep her in our life,” said Hill.

With the hashtag ‘RJAY STRONG’, this family will continue to lean on their faith and each other. If given the chance to say one last thing to her brother, Hill’s older sister Martina had this to say.

“I have so much left that I could say to him. I can’t even think of one thing. It’s so much that I could still talk with him about,” said Martina Johnson.

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