HOUMA, La. -- A 15-year-old Larose boy was shot to death in a dispute over a bicycle, and now a 19-year-old has been charged in his death.
At around 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, deputies responded to a call of a shooting in the 100 block of East 23rd Street. Upon arrival, investigators discovered Braxton Bourda's body lying at the roadside. Bourda, a student at South Lafourche High School, and swimmer for the school team and the Cut Off Hurricanes team at the Cut Off Youth Center, was pronounced dead at the scene having suffered a single gunshot wound to the face from what appears to have been a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
Through investigation, detectives learned the shooting actually occurred in the center of the road, and witnesses saw multiple subjects drag Bourda to the roadside. The subjects then fled the scene on foot. Deputies and detectives combed the nearby areas in search of the subjects and after questioning residents, they developed Neely Gardner as a suspect in the shooting, but Gardner could not be located at that time.
Then around 1:15 a.m. on Friday, Gardner arrived at the South Lafourche Sub-station in Cut Off and turned himself over to authorities. Gardner told detectives he found the gun lying on the ground near a house and was trying to unload the gun when it accidentally fired one round striking Bourda in the face. Gardner told detectives he then dropped the firearm, dragged Bourda to the roadside and fled the area.
Gardner was booked with negligent homicide as well as contempt of court for an outstanding warrant from 2013 for failure to pay fines and costs of stemming from an original charge of resisting an officer. A bond amount has not yet been set.
Detectives say their investigation into this matter is continuing.
The victim’s aunt, Tameka Bourda, of Larose, confirmed Bourda’s father was also fatally shot several years ago.
After Brad Bourda, Terry “Crum” Hester and Chauncy Adams were shot to death in a car on Raceland’s St. Louis Street in, 2008, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office made three arrests within hours. However, each suspect was later released for lack of evidence.
The victims’ relatives have heard countless rumors about who killed their loved ones and why, and have passed on the tips to authorities. But the crimes remain unsolved.
Braxton last year told The Courier and Daily Comet he was angry detectives haven’t solved his father’s murder.
“It’s just pissing me off,” he said. If his dad was still alive, “I would have every day with my dad and see him every day.”