Funeral Services set for victim of Franklin Murder-Suicide

Funeral services are set for the victim of a murder – suicide that happened last Thursday morning in Franklin.

According to the Franklin Police Chief Tina Thibodeaux, on the morning of  July 5, 2018, at approximately 11:44 AM, the Franklin Police Department received a complaint of a shooting that occurred in the area of West Ibert Street. When officers arrived, they discovered one deceased male with a gunshot wound and one female victim with two gunshot wounds. The male subject was identified as 30 year old Kenneth Smith Jr.,  and the female victim identified as 36 year old April Charles. Charles was transported by Acadian Ambulance to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

With the assistance of the Franklin Fire Department and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office an investigation was conducted. Through the investigation, it was discovered that Smith shot the victim before shooting himself.

Funeral Service for April Charles will be held this Saturday, (July 14, 2018), at 11:00 AM, at MK DIXON Funeral Home, 211 Main Street in Baldwin. Visitation will be Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 9:00 AM until the commencement of the funeral service at MK DIXON Funeral Home.

She will be interred in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Ashton, LA.

She was raised by Karl Mallet of Baldwin, and the late Donald Simpson of Four Corners. She was a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Samuel Wise.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories: her mother, Cynthia Mallet; father, Karl Mallet; three daughters, TyTianna Charles, Christiana Jones, and Keana Charles, all of Franklin, LA; and one son, Kenneth Smith, III of Franklin, LA. April also leaves two grandchildren, Key’Marii Charles and Ke’Moriel Charles of Franklin, LA; five sisters, Kenvonna, Karla, Farren, Queesha, and Shantenica; four brothers, Karl, Kentrell, Jeremiah, and Larry, Jr.; maternal and paternal aunt and uncle; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She leaves behind her best friends, Keyonna, Le’ Guya, Dashia, and Shenique. April is now resting in Heaven with her closest friend, Tasha Nerve.

MK DIXON Funeral Home is in charge of final arrangements.