Ameer Baraka, a convicted felon who turned his own life around, spends at least one day a week at the Orleans Parish Jail mentoring youth inmates.
On his way in today, he received the news that 15-year-old Jaquin Thomas took his own life.
“This kid had a future. He was a smart, intelligent kid. He did wrong, just like I had done wrong in my life,” says Baraka.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but they say a deputy found Thomas unresponsive in his cell around 9:20 Monday night. They believe he used a mattress cover to hang himself.