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Shootout claims life of former Bossier High basketball player

Demonta Wills, 19, is shot to death in Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood.

Bossier High School graduates hold a candlelight vigil in honor of their fallen classmate. Demonta Wills, was gunned down around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Shreveport’s Queensborough neighborhood. So far, police have not made any arrests.

 

About 50 graduates Sunday night to pay tribute. They said he was a great defender on the basketball team, and a loyal friend. Wills graduated from Bossier High in 2013.

 

“Everybody knew who he was. And it’s so many people that’s going to be sad he’s gone,” said Jakhobi McDaniel, his best friend.

 

His former basketball coach, Jeremiah Williams, said he saw Wills just hours before he was killed. He said Wills told him about his studies at Bossier Parish Community College and his dreams of becoming an accountant.

“It’s depressing but we’re thankful for who he was and who he still is in our hearts,” said Coach Williams.

 

According to Shreveport Police, Wills suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the upper body while riding with two men in a Dodge Charger. They believe there was an exchange of bullets while the trio was riding near Merwin and Hassett Street.

 

Around 4:30 p.m., just an hour after Wills was shot, police found Edward Bessard, 23, in his home on Aubrey Lane with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Detectives said they found evidence linking Bessard to the shooting of Wills, and believe he was injured during the shootout.

 

The men in the car with Wills have been questioned, but police are still unsure who was the shooter in both of these incidents. They’re waiting for Bessard to finish undergoing surgery, so they can get some answers.

 

This is Shreveport’s 9th homicide this year. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Caddo Crime Stoppers at 673-7373.

 

 

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