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RESERVE, La. -- Flyers hang on telephone poles along East 13th Street in Reserve, asking for information in the April 17 murder of Donovan Bailey.

The 29-year-old aspiring rapper and record producer was shot and killed at the public housing development.

'People are hesitant to cooperate because of fear of retaliation,' said St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre.

Residents are reluctant to talk about Bailey's murder. In fact, one woman asked us to move our marked news vehicle, saying she didn't want her neighbors to think she was a snitch.

Crimestoppers is now hoping an increased reward will get people talking. It's now offering $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the Bailey case.

Bailey's father hopes to catch those responsible for his son's death before someone else loses a loved one.

'We just pray and ask God that we can take the people that are responsible for the shooting off the street before some other family will have to go through the same thing we are going through,' said Herman Bailey. 'I think we've lost enough young men's lives in St. John Parish.'

So far this year, there have been 11 homicides in the parish committed in LaPlace, Edgard, Garyville and Reserve.

That's about two times the average number of killings per year in St. John over the past five years.

'It's a bunch of young men who want to be gang members,' said Sheriff Tregre. 'It's an atmosphere and mindset of hopelessness and futurelessness and lack of education. It's a very small group that's committing a number of these violent crimes in St. John Parish. I have physical evidence that's starting to support these findings.'

Back in Reserve, 78-year-old Paul Placide lives one street away from where Donavan Bailey was murdered. He says his small country community is changing and not for the better.

'We don't usually have nobody getting killed,' said the retired man. 'They got a guy that got killed right up there last year, year before last. We never had that around here, but that's the way it is now.'

If you have any information that can help solve Donovan Bailey's murder, you're urged to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP. You don't have to give your name and the reward is now $10,000.

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