Celebration of life for Reginald Hill, Jr.
A celebration of life was held Friday night for the victim of a deadly triple shooting in West Monroe.
19-year-old Reginald Hill, Jr. was one of three shot in a drive-by shooting on the night of October 1st on the corner of Coleman Avenue and South 11th Street. Marcalis Parker and Charlie Ross were the other two victims.
Hill succumbed to his injuries last Thursday.
Family and friends of Hill celebrated his memory at the exact scene where the shooting happened. Investigators say the shooting resulted from an alleged robbery set up.
“First off, I was angry and shocked,” said Latronna Hill, older sister of Reginald Jr. “Kind of sad because I was ready to see him because they didn’t say that he was dead, but they said that he was shot and I just wanted to see my baby brother.”
Hill’s older sister remembers the impact he had on everyone he knew. The teenager was also the father of an 8-month-old girl.
“This hashtag, 'RJayStrong', he was strong through the whole process. He was strong when it happened. He looked out for people just like how we all looked out for people,” said Hill.
Her hope is that her brother’s life can be the turning point against gun violence.
“I have a young son myself, and I feel for the young men in our community. They’re targeted the most with this gun violence. I know how this feels, and I couldn’t imagine losing my son to this gun violence. Unnecessary,” said Hill.
Loved ones were asked to show solidarity by wearing the color orange with the hashtag ‘RJayStrong’. Hill’s family says the significance is due to the color’s representation of gun violence awareness.
If given one last chance to say something to her brother, Latronna says, “I just want to tell him I love him. And I know he’s in a better place.”
Alicia Andersen and Nigel Frazier were arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center in connection to the crime. The third suspect, a juvenile, was booked into Green Oaks Detention Center.
The suspects were each initially charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Police say they now expect upgraded charges.