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October 18, 2016

15 Year Old Commits Suicide In Orleans Parish Jail

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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.

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