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Protest for slain teen held in Baldwin

Posted at 11:22 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 00:32:16-05

BALDWIN — The family of 15-year-old Quawan "Bobby" Charles, who was found dead last week, and community activists are calling for justice in his case and taking their message to the streets.

A protest was held Saturday with dozens in attendance, including members of the NAACP, The Village 337, Stand Black and The New Black Panther Party.

The afternoon started at the old Baldwin Police Department. Demonstrators gathered near the front before marching down LA 182 to town hall.

There, the group held a moment of silence for Quawan and heard from the family's attorney about some of the new developments that were released a day prior.

The coroner said he believed Quawan drowned and the injuries seen on him were done after he died.

"We got a preliminary coroner's report yesterday, which tells us that aquatic animals are the cause of the grotesque injuries of Quawan," said attorney Chase Trichell as he addressed the crowd. "Y'all buying that?" The crowd could be heard responding, "No!"

Before the group marched back to the former police department, Quawan's parents shared a few words.

"All we want is justice, and your support really matters to us, so thank you," said Jason Nelson, Quawan's stepfather.

Rally organizers say they will be at the Governor's Mansion on Saturday, November 28, calling on action from Governor John Bel Edwards.