Baton Rouge police are looking to answers to an early Friday morning shooting that left a 21-year-old Louisiana State University student dead in her car.
Allison Rice, known as Allie to friends and family, was headed home, noshing on french fries, after a night out with friends at about 2 a.m. She got to the train tracks at Government Street at about the same time as a train and stopped to wait.
A witness reported hearing the train, then gunshots, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Investigators said it appeared Rice tried to turn around in the street, but with multiple gunshot wounds, was unable to do so, WAFB reported. A nearby surveillance system recorded the sound of multiple gunshots, then screeching tires.
By the time police arrived, the train and any signs of a suspect were gone.
“The only thing that I can really think at this point is it’s a bad case of wrong place at the wrong time,” Rice’s father, Paul Rice, told Fox News. “She’s not anyone that had enemies. We don’t think that she was being stalked or followed. That particular area of Baton Rouge has a history of this type of activity.”
Rice said the family set up a memorial for their daughter near the site, a cross with flowers, on Saturday. But it was gone by Sunday.
“The cross was gone with the picture,” he said, according to WAFB. “I mean, who does that?”
The Shed, the restaurant co-owned by the Rices where Allie worked with several family members, is replacing the cross. The restaurant has also put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to Allie’s killer and is planning a fundraiser.
The Rices, meanwhile, struggle with loss.
“Why? Why, would you do this? Why, my sweet child who had her whole life ahead of her, who was doing nothing wrong?,” Paul Rice said. “She is sitting there waiting on a train.”
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[Featured image: Allison Rice/Facebook]