Detectives investigate weekend shooting homicide in Reserve

Published 2:18 pm Monday, October 26, 2020

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RESERVE — Nicholas Paylor, 21, of Hester was shot and killed Saturday, Oct. 24, in the 400 block of Northwest Second Street in Reserve, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.

At around 8 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area. Upon arrival, officers discovered a vehicle still running with no one inside the vehicle. Officers canvassed the area, but, in the darkness, were unable to locate the driver.

The next morning, Paylor’s body was found in a 6 feet deep ditch, about 40 yards away from the vehicle. No motive is known at this time.

Anyone with information about this murder is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or the Criminal Investigations Division at 985-359-8769.

Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at