Joy, tears abound at East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event

Joy, tears abound at East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event

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Tkiyah Hamilton, 6, left, makes a selection with Dep. Pashion Norman, right, in the toy section during the “Shop with a Cop” event at the Target store located on Millerville Road Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate)

The Advocate | December 11, 2018

Mary Ransom was overwhelmed with tears watching her 6-year-old granddaughter, Tkiyah Hamilton, select Barbie dolls and Baby Alive accessories from the shelves of a Target store Tuesday during the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event.

It was a happy day after a year of hardship for Ransom and her five granddaughters. Ransom’s daughter, Laquana Whitfield, was killed Nov. 26, 2017. Whitfield’s ex-boyfriend, Taurus Ike Hamilton, the father of four of her daughters, is accused of killing her and three others in a two-parish shooting spree.

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