Mom: Cops could have prevented son’s murder

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Samuel Anderson's sister spent the morning looking through pictures of her and her brother.

Tears stained her cheeks as she flipped to one of them at her graduation, a milestone her brother will never get to. At only 16-years old, someone shot and killed him in the middle of Audrey Street on Sunday evening.

Anderson's mother, Gladys Anderson Walker, said this wasn't the first incident, "I've called and made reports after reports after reports." Walker says her son had problems with other people in the neighborhood since he was 11 years old. "They should have done their job when I was making those reports. They should have sent someone to talk to me to get this resolved. Then maybe my child wouldn't be dead today," said Walker.

Police say she had made several reports, but many of them did not involve her son. One said she was the victim of attempted aggravated assault and another involved her getting hit with a golf ball.

The most recent police report Walker filed regarding her son back in March shows police did make an arrest in that case.

"There are policies, there are procedures in place. The ways that we investigate reports that are made to us, and we're going to follow those policies and procedures," said Sgt. Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police Department.

Police say they will use past reports as part of their investigation, but Anderson's family feels like it's too little too late.

"I feel empty. I feel empty right now because I can not see his face. I probably wouldn't be burying my child if they'd just done their job," said Walker.

Detectives are still trying to determine who killed Samuel Anderson. If you have any information about this fatal shooting, call CrimeStoppers 673-7373.

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