Four men charged with raping LSU student before she was killed in car
Four men have been arrested for allegedly raping a Louisiana State University student before dropping her off on a dark street, where she was fatally shot.
Madison Brooks, 19, was killed Jan. 15 after a rideshare driver hit her as she stood on a dark road in Baton Rouge. On Monday, local news station KSLA reported that Brooks was dropped off near the crash site by four men now accused of participating in or witnessing her rape moments before.
Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old man who has not been identified because he is a minor have since been charged with third-degree rape. Meanwhile, Mr. Washington’s uncle, Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, have been charged with rape, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KSLA.
Investigators say the victim and the four suspects met at a bar on January 14 before she asked them to drop her off. Mr. Carver told authorities that Mr. Washington and the unidentified minor asked the victim to have sex with them, but admitted that she was drunk, tripped and she articulated her words.
The men then dropped her off at a neighborhood near Pelican Lakes Parkway. While standing in a dark section of the roadway around 3 a.m., Brooks was hit by a vehicle and died hours later in hospital.
According to the warrant, Brooks’ blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit at the time of his death. Footage of the bar seized by investigators reportedly showed her falling in front of at least one of the suspects several times before they left the business.
Mr Carver said Brooks was ‘very unsteady on his feet, was unable to keep his balance and was unable to speak clearly without articulating his words’.
Despite being drunk, two of the suspects had sex with her inside the car, Mr Carver told police. He later told police he “felt uncomfortable and hated it”.
When asked by investigators if he thought Brooks was too altered to consent, Mr Carver reportedly replied: “I guess.”
An autopsy confirmed Brooks had injuries consistent with sexual assault, the warrant says.
LSU President William F Tate said the university plans to investigate why the establishment where the victim met the suspects was serving alcohol to minors.
“Madison was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, classmate and friend to many of you. By all accounts, she was an incredible young woman with limitless potential,” said Mr. Tate said in a statement.
“She shouldn’t have been taken from us like this. What happened to him is evil, and our legal system will do justice.
He continued: “In the coming days, we will be calling a meeting with these business owners to discuss the direct impact of their responsibilities on the safety of our students. We will openly work against any company that does not join us in our efforts to create a safer environment for our students. Enough is enough.”
Brooks was a member of LSU’s Alpha Phi chapter. A post on the group’s Facebook page said some of his organs had been donated.
“Madison…had a lasting impact on all of us. She was also a hero and was able to donate her heart and kidneys to save others,” the post read.
“We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. And we respectfully ask for time and space so that we can support each other in our healing process.
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