Allison Rice: Dad speaks out after LSU student shot dead in his car ThePipaNews

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In the early morning hours of September 16, every parent’s worst nightmare became reality for Paul Rice.

A knock on his door robbed him of all the dreams and hopes he had for his 21-year-old daughter. Allison Rice, marketing manager at Louisiana State University, was returning from a party when her car was violently riddled with bullets near railroad tracks in the city of Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Police Department believes she was fatally shot while waiting for a train to pass, WAFB reported. Her death has been ruled a homicide – one of more than 77 so far this year in the city of 220,000.

“We can’t quite wrap our heads around it right now,” Mr Rice said The independent in a defeated tone on Monday. “We don’t understand why. We can’t understand why anyone would do this to anyone, let alone a sweet, beautiful, innocent young lady who had her whole life ahead of her, who was loved by so many.”

Rice said police have received no leads suggesting the attack was targeted, as the investigation into Friday’s tragedy continues.

“What we understand is their best call at this point is it appears to be the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

The grieving father said Allison was a very social person and lived her university life to the full, but stressed that she was very careful with her surroundings and always traveled with friends.

“She was not a reckless person by any means. She was very careful, very methodical,” Mr Rice said The independent.

“She never walked alone. You know, she always had a group of friends, both male and female, who always went out together and looked out for each other. Unfortunately, she traveled alone this night.”

Although Allison had a busy social life, she was always cautious, Mr Rice said

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According to local news station WBRZ, a witness heard the train just moments before the shots were fired. By the time police arrived, Allison had succumbed to her injuries caused by five or six gunshot wounds.

Although she was careful to avoid dangerous areas of the city, Allison had to drive through the I-110 and Park Boulevard intersection where her body was found to get to her apartment. She was returning home from a gathering in the Mid City area of ​​Baton Rouge.

“There were certain places she went where, you know, I was never really comfortable with,” Mr Rice said. “There are some bar areas around LSU that are known for different types of violence and fights and shootings and things like that, but all the kids still flock there, no matter what happened, you know?”

FBI 2020 data shows that Baton Rouge is one of the cities with the highest homicide rates in Louisiana. According to the World Population Review, the city had a total of 83 murders in 2019 – a murder rate of 33.5 per 100,000, compared to the national murder rate of 5 murders per 100,000 people.

In the aftermath of Allison’s sudden death, her family has received an outpouring of support from friends and people whose lives she touched, Mr. The independent.

“If you go through the messages that have been left on Facebook, or the obituary page, that are there for her right now, Allie was there for them,” he said.

“There’s a story and I think it’s on the obituary site where a girl said, ‘She sat down at school, on the bathroom floor with me and held me and talked to me for 30 minutes.’ You know, it’s that kind of person that Allie was.”

Mr. Rice holds baby Allison in his arms

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Allison, a high school cheerleader and dance competitor, was set to graduate in May and had been looking for internships to apply for, her father said. On Saturday, a moment of silence was held to honor Allison’s life during a game on the LSU campus.

In recent years, Allison had begun to explore her life as a young adult and began traveling extensively with her group of college friends. Mr. Rice said they had taken road trips to North Carolina and canoed in Mississippi.

While Allison had a very busy social life, her father said she always made the 25-minute drive home to be at every family gathering. She was there for her hometown friends and her little brothers when they needed her, Mr Rice said.

“Both my boys were very close to her. They did things together,” he said The independent. “She would drive here to pick up my youngest and, you know, take him out to lunch. With my older son at LSU, now they had the new band.”

Allison was a dance competitor and cheerleader in high school

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Mr Rice also told how he and his daughter were “always singing and dancing stupidly” and how she tried to get him to do TikTok dances.

“You know, some of them did it in public,” he said with a light laugh. “But I mean, she just always wanted to have fun, but it was responsible fun.”

“My thing with her growing up was we always sang in the truck. We had our little playlist of songs like [she] and I always liked, as you know, a lot of it was her kind of music, but that was the part that I could tolerate.”

A funeral service for Allison will be held Wednesday

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Mr Rice is now determined to remind young adults of the random violence they can fall victim to, saying no one is exempt from experiencing tragedy.

“To these children, these young adults; Be careful, be aware of your surroundings, know where you are going, travel in groups and don’t be alone at that time of night, share rides, be together,” he told The independent.

He added: “There’s just so much crazy out there right now, and none of us are immune to it. There’s not a family in this community, in this state, in this country, in this world that this isn’t could have happened.”

“Make sure you don’t have the ‘It’ll never happen to me’ mentality. Because all it takes is a knock on the door at 4:45 in the morning to change your mind about that.”

A funeral service for Allison will be held Wednesday.

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