An 18-year-old man was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree homicide of another 18-year-old man at an apartment complex on Iris Street, officials said. Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Lake Charles police were called early Sunday morning to the apartments at 710 Iris St., where they found Edward Wilkes bleeding. Wilkes, who resides in apartment No. 302, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. (Lance Traweek / American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:36 AM
An 18-year-old man was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree homicide of another 18-year-old man at an apartment complex on Iris Street, city police said.
Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said city police were called early Sunday morning to the apartments at 710 Iris St., where they found Edward Wilkes bleeding. Wilkes, who resides in apartment No. 302, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
After an investigation, police obtained an arrest warrant for Cody Ray Lucero, 18, who is also a resident of the complex, No. 206.
He was arrested in Kinder and booked into the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office jail. He will be brought back to Lake Charles.
Kraus said police know how Wilkes died but are not releasing that information to the public because the investigation is “ongoing.” Kraus also did not say what the relationship was between Wilkes and Lucero other than that they were neighbors. He did not release a possible motive. But Kraus said there was “enough probable cause” to list Wilkes as a suspect in the murder.
One resident on Iris Street told the American Press that the apartment complex is “a known drug haven.” Two other Iris Street residents agreed.
In fact, Lake Charles Police have responded to that particular apartment complex 77 times in the past 24 months, Kraus said. The calls ranged from drug complaints to disturbances and noise complaints, he said.
“Seventy-seven calls is an awful lot of calls for one location for police services,” Kraus said.
Lead investigator is Sgt. Lecia McCullough, who is being assisted by Det. Dustin Gaudet and Sgt. Franklin Fondel.
Lucero’s bond was set at $1 million.
Posted By: The voice of the unspoken On: 1/8/2015
Title: somebody STAND UP SPEAK UP !
That TLP program has a list of rules and regulations , they also have cameras at both ends of stairs outside the apartments on the 3rd floor. Some of the staff members there do not follow through with what they are suppose to . 9 times out of 10 the clients who are in the TLP program have some issues going on with themselves as I know a few clients who had scheduled times to take psyc meds. The system is backwards & twisted , there was no way that he should have been down there in costs apartment , I know these things because I lived in those apartments at one point and time with the assistance of TLP , transitional living program . Not all TLP programs are bad , but I must say that one was . Look at where it's located !! Look at what goes on in those apartments ! Not just the top floor ! All of them ! There's people who live there who are mental ! It's not safe there for those young people point blank period ! I know because I've seen with my own eyes ! Crack pipes lying around , fights outside ! Those young people need to be moved to a safer location . & if they say they don't have enough money to get better apartments or what not ... THAT IS SOMETHING THEY NEED TO REACH OUT TO THE GOVERMENT FOR LIKE THEY DO EVERYTHING ELSE ! That young man should not have lost his life , had the person or persons working "Staff" been doing there job and apartment checks , keeping an eye outside , that wouldn't have happen unless Eddie was just being hard head which I doubt he was I know him & he was becoming a better person .......
Posted By: Derrick Dugas On: 12/16/2014
Title: My son gone
Man I know I wasn't there when my round got killed but this had messed up my head and he was like my little brother and Edward was always by me and a boy name Kyle side almost all day.Cody is down bad for that for killing my round. I can't believe my son is dead and gone.
R.I.P to my round Edward Wilkes
Posted By: lc girl On: 3/19/2014
Title: the truth
No one knows the truth but us who saw him... and no one can change what the rest of us saw he was our brother..... although he was grown n we loved him dearly so nun of knew him nor what happened so get facts str8 n let him rest in peace
Posted By: elijah b. wilkes On: 12/2/2013
Title: where the shot was located.
Most people dont know that the bullet was fired into the left side of his forehead over his eyebrow
Posted By: elijah b. wilkes On: 12/2/2013
Title: 16 year old brother
Edward no longer live with us because of his disrespectful behavior towards Our mother.but this was October 2012.edward had just visited back home on the account that our step dad has passed 4weeks before his death we had just seen him 2 weeks earlier and he seemed so alive and well.because he was 18 it seem to be a very good learning experience for him to be in Lake Charles.he gained a lot of responsibility and accountability while living there. Heh was almost a completely different person from when he left in 2012.he will be greatly missedand we will make sure that justice is brought to the killer and the negligence of the people in charge of the facility.
Posted By: jacob cross On: 11/20/2013
Title: jacob cross
I lived in the foster house for 5 years with cody he always believed he did no wrong
Posted By: o On: 6/23/2013
Title: Cody hide out in Kinder
Ever murderers in Lake Charles does this. Drop the vic, and then run away to Kinder. No point in even thinking about deviating. In Lake Charles, indifference of others is w worse crame than from that. In Lake Charles, being indifferent to the status quo is considered a far worse crime than committing murder. .
It seems that you are close to the situation. If that is true, then you must be experiencing a great deal of grief.. Please accept my condolences for your loss.
According to the ETC website, one of the objectives of the program is to help the participants to develop permanent connections with others. Attachment Disorder is a serious concern for kids in the Foster care system and the juvenile justice system --for completely different reasons. Children in foster care might have difficulty bonding with others because they had incomplete bonding with their natural parents. And there's no guarantee a foster kid and his caregivers will be able to bond. There are a whole different set of factors for Kids in the juvenile justice system. First of all, entry into the juvenile justice system automatically confirms one diagnostic criteria of attachment disorder. He has trouble conforming to the rules of the society in which he lives. Children should experience, healthy, normal bonding from infancy. Why wasn't Edward living with his mother?
Posted By: PQW On: 6/12/2013
Title: level it
Where are the bulldozers?
Posted By: Harmony On: 6/11/2013
Title: ETC Harbour House!!!!
I don't understand why Edward was allowed to be on the second floor in Cody's apartment being that he(Edward)was in the transitional living program of ETC Harbour House and is suppose to be supervised.I've even heard the boys were once roommates at Harbour House as well as TLP but that Cody had recently transitioned out the program and was living on the second floor in his own apartment.Edward's mom really need to look into this sad situation and ask the following questions why was he allowed to even be there in that apartment unsupervised,where was the staff,and how long had her child been allowed to go into other's apartment considering while in that program you're not allowed to be in other's apartment??????
Posted By: krystal On: 6/11/2013
Title: crazy lies
media lies so much only the teenagers know how wies was found...
Posted By: Always WatchingYou On: 6/10/2013
Title: neighborhood watch is why you know
If it wasn't for Neighborhood watch you would never know!
Posted By: falin232 On: 6/10/2013
Title: Neighborhood watch!
Where's the landlord and neighborhood watch?