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Bayou Body Count: Thanksgiving Murders On The Menu

While most folks over the long weekend were celebrating the season of thanks and giving, a few guys out there had their hearts filled with the spirit of taking and murder.

On Friday night, a pair of armed men tried to rob 34-year-old Jonathan Young in Young's home at 6719 Briargate. At some point, police say, guns were fired and one of the robbers was killed. Young was shot once and was later taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in serious condition.

Detectives say a large amount of cocaine was found at Young's home.

A few days earlier, at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Fernando Mora and his family was inside their home at 1306 East 34th St. when suddenly four men forced their way through the front door, ransacked the home and started demanding money, police say.

During the invasion, police say, Mora was taken into one of the bedrooms and executed. The bandits then fled in a black SUV. Mora's infant son and wife were not harmed. Police are still investigating.


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On Monday morning, police got a call about a shooting and raced over the scene at 7957 Kendalia. When they arrived, one of the people living there said he found his roommate shot to death inside.

Police say they have not found any witnesses and have no suspects yet.


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Finally, the cops are waiting on an autopsy report to confirm how a two-year-old boy died on Sunday afternoon.

Police say the toddler and his folks were enjoying a weekend barbecue with friends when the boy wandered off. Soon, everyone started looking for him. He was found face down in five-inch deep pool of standing water, police say.

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Detectives say the boy, who did not look like he had been harmed, most likely lost his footing and tipped over into the pool, but the autopsy will determine exactly how he died.


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