Young Lawyer Murdered in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge defense attorney Chiquita Tate, 34, was found stabbed to death (over 12 times!) in her office Friday morning, and police are scrambling for leads. Tate was preparing for a trial set to begin Monday. She was one of two attorneys defending Kenny "Kool-Aid" Kyser and Julius Thomas, III. The two are accused of killing 61-year-old Hillery Soileau and his son, Brandon, while Soileau's then seven-year-old grandson watched from his hiding place in a closet.

Tate's estranged husband found the body Friday morning after he reported that she did not return from work Thursday evening, family members say. Colleagues say the attorney and her husband were having marital problems and were not living together.

"Initial indications are that this is an isolated incident committed by someone with the intent to murder Ms. Tate," Baton Rouge Police said in a news release said. "Police also believe there is no concern that this person(s) pose a threat to other workers or patrons of the downtown area."

Here is the crazy part. Chiquita Tate was just on the local news yesterday! And then this morning she is found murdered. It scares me sometimes to think about what is happening in our world. Who teaches these people that it is ok to do things like this?

Update: The husband has been arrested for a prior domestic abuse warrant issued last year. Unfortunately, the police still have no leads on what happened to Ms. Tate.

All I can say is that it is a shame that such a bright woman lost her life today.

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