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1 Year Anniversary of Double Homicide

HAMMOND, LA – December 23, 2019 - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards shares that December 23, 2019, marks the one- year anniversary of the brutal shooting deaths of a mother and child.

In the early evening hours of December 23, 2018, 42-year-old Daytra Miller and her 13-year-old child Robert West Jr. were gunned down in their Labruzza Lane residence and shot to death.

Still one year after this brutal attack, no arrests have been made. In a plea for the public's help in January of 2019, Sheriff Edwards offered an additional 10,000 reward for someone to come forward with information surrounding the events that took place that evening increasing the reward to $12, 500.

To date, no one has come forward. “Somebody knows what happened to this family,” Edwards said. “And without your help, I don’t want to say it’ll never be solved, but it’s going to definitely be challenging.” In most homicide cases, authorities believe they know the killer’s identity but they need witness to cooperate.

Today, as we continue to pray for the victims and their families, pleaser remember that we still need your help. Anyone having information related to this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 800.554.5245, or the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Detective Dale Athmann, 985.634-9181.

Investigation continues in double homicide that occurred in Independence, LA.

HAMMOND, LA – January 7, 2019 - Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the double homicide that occurred in the early evening hours of December 23, 2018, that claimed the lives of a mother and her 13-year-old son.

42-year-old Daytra Miller and 13-year-old Robert West Jr. were shot to death inside of their home on Labruzza Lane in Independence, LA.

Although no arrests have been made at this time, detectives still don't have reason to believe that there is any new danger to the public as it relates to this case. With an influx of tips coming in, detectives have been in the process of collecting, investigating and connecting all relevant information received with the evidence collected throughout the on-going investigation.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads us to the shooter(s) involved in the heinous murder of these two family members. “We would like to thank the many community members who have already come forward with information,” says Sheriff Edwards. “We need any information, no matter how small it might be, it could be the piece we need to close this case. If you know anything, saw or heard something, please make the call,” Edwards continues.

Anyone with any information connected to this case is asked to please call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, (985) 345-6150, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals, including those committing serious felony crimes, and fugitives. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of insuring anonymity.

Here’s how it works:

- Adults Call Toll Free: 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL)

- Students Call Toll Free: 1-877-668-2421 (NOT-B-4-21),

- Web Tips by clicking the “P3” icon or “Submit a Tip” tab on our home Page:,

- Facebook Tips by clicking the “Submit a Tip” tab on our CST FB page:; or

- Download our FREE “P3” App by Anderson Software in the iTunes and GooglePlay stores to submit your anonymous tip.