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Protesters gather at Iberia Parish courthouse following death of 15-year-old

Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 23:44:28-05

Protesters in Iberia Parish are demanding action from the sheriff's office following the death of a 15-year-old.

Quawan "Bobby" Charles was reported missing from his home in Baldwin on October 30th. Family members say he was picked up by a friend and their mother.

He was found dead four days later near Loreauville. Since then, some family members are claiming Charles was murdered, and believe police ignored their initial cries for help.

Several dozen people, including Bobby's family, people from the community, and an organization called Stand Black, gathered on the courthouse steps Wednesday evening. They're demanding a thorough investigation of the case.

That demand is now being echoed by the ACLU of Louisiana, which issued a statement Wednesday in support of the Charles family.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. Deputies have not said if Bobby was killed; they say it's being investigated under suspicious circumstances. Deputies have interviewed several people in connection with the case and collected physical evidence, but so far no arrest has been made.

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