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Father of LSU student Allison Rice says she was in wrong place at wrong time

The father of a Louisiana State University senior who was found shot to death inside her car Friday morning believes her killing was a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Paul Rice told Fox News he could think of no other explanation for how his 21-year-old daughter, Allison Rice, ended up dead in her car near railroad tracks in downtown Baton Rouge early in the morning.

Police said the shooter fired at least five or six shots into her car as she was stopped at a railroad crossing around 2:20 a.m.

“The only thing that I can really think at this point is it’s a bad case of wrong place at the wrong time,” Paul Rice told Fox News. “She’s not anyone that had enemies. We don’t think that she was being stalked or followed.”

He added that the location where his daughter was killed is known to be dangerous.

Photo of Allison Rice with Paul, her father
Paul Rice said the location where his daughter died has a dangerous reputation.
Susie Rice Granier

“That particular area of Baton Rouge has a history of this type of activity,” the Louisiana native said.

Allison Rice, who had just turned 21, had been out with her friends in the Mid City area of Baton Rouge prior to the shooting.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or a motive.

Photo of Allison Rice wearing a "Birthday Girl" crown
Allison Rice had just turned 21 prior to her murder.
Susie Rice Granier

Paul Rice told Fox that investigators are working around the clock to find his daughter’s killer, but have come up empty-handed thus far.

“This is being taken very seriously,” he said. “….But despite that, all indications right now are there are no leads. They really don’t have an explanation at this point…as of now.”

The location where Allison Rice was shot to death doesn’t have surveillance cameras that would help the investigation, he added.

Photo of Allison Rice holding a sign reading, "First Day of SENIOR YEAR!"
Paul Rice did not believe Allison was stalked or followed.
Susie Rice Granier

As the search for her killer continues, Paul Rice is left making funeral arrangements for his daughter who had secured an internship and was set to graduate with a marketing degree in May.

“That’s something that as a parent I should never have to plan a funeral for my child. My mother should not have to be involved in a funeral for her grandchild,” he said. “This is just heartbreaking.”

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