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Louisiana Man Dies While Trying to Protect Mom Injured 'Beyond Recognition' by Her Boyfriend, Sheriff Says

Louisiana Man, Family Dog Killed While Trying to Defend Mother: Cops
Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Derick Rayborn arrested on multiple charges after he allegedly killed a man and dog during a domestic dispute in Louisiana, officials said.

Jan. 7 2024, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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A Louisiana man is dead after trying to defend his mother, and now a suspect has been arrested and charged with killing him and their family dog, according to authorities.

Officers recently received a report about a woman at a local hospital suffering from severe injuries, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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The sheriff's office said investigators determined the woman’s boyfriend, 47-year-old Derik Rayborn, allegedly killed her son and a dog at their home in Lake Charles.

When speaking with police, the woman said she escaped the residence and went to the hospital for medical care, authorities said.

At the victims' Lake Charles home, deputies located 26-year-old Eric Bosley and the dog dead from apparent gunshot wounds, officials said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory said that during a domestic dispute, the son "tried to defend his mom and that’s how he ended up as a victim," KPLC-TV reported.

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Guillory said the woman’s injuries to her face are “beyond recognition” and it is “unbelievable that one human being could do this to another human being,” according to KPLC-TV.

Rayborn allegedly went to the hospital to try and locate his girlfriend, which is when police located and arrested him, officials said.

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He was being held on a $2.275 million bond at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and was charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, domestic abuse causing serious bodily injury, aggravated cruelty to animals, interfering with emergency communication, possession or carrying of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies, and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence, according to authorities.

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