A man was killed in a pedestrian hit-and-run crash in Baton Rouge late Saturday night.

According to BRPD, the crash happened on Ben Hur Road off Burbank Drive around midnight on Saturday. The victim of the fatal hit-and-run crash was 44-year-old Jude Jarreau.


Police say Jarreau was attempting to cross Ben Hur Road near a group of off-campus LSU student housing complexes when he was struck by a black Range Rover SUV.

Authorities are still looking for the SUV that reportedly fled the scene before police arrived.

While law enforcement continues their search for the person responsible for the crash, Jarreau's friends and loved ones are remembering the die-hard LSU fan, Popeyes enthusiast, and father of two beautiful little girls with heartfelt tributes on social media.

Jarreau's girlfriend shared the following statement with WBRZ.

It’s hard to put into words how I feel right now. My heart aches so much. It doesn’t seem real.

Jude came into my life at one of my lowest moments, but he quickly turned it into the best year of my life. Jude was more than a best friend, he was my soulmate. He took care of me in ways I never knew I needed. The way he loved me and loved every person around him made me fall in love and adore him. We deserved more time together, but I will forever cherish every moment I got to spend with him. From the moment he woke up to the moment he went to sleep, he made sure i knew how special and loved I was by him.

As soon as he walked into a room, you could see him light up the place. He loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends and watching sports. He was the biggest sports fan I knew. He got to spend his last days at his favorite place, Tiger Stadium.

If you knew Jude, you loved him. I just want justice for my best friend. You always hear about finding your special person, but no one tells you how hard it is to lose the love of your life at 25 when you had a lifetime planned out.

My heart hurts for his family and his two beautiful girls. Please keep them in your prayers at this time.

Joshua Singleton posted a tribute to Jarreau with the hashtag #JusticeForJude

Jarreau's sister, Paige Cassard, described her brother as an amazing father and brother, saying life "will never be the same" without him.

Just about everyone who wrote a tribute to Jarreau mentioned how he had a way of making people feel amazing.

It's clear that Jarreau brought joy, laughter, and light into any room he stepped in and happiness to anyone who was lucky enough to know him.

If you or anyone you know has any information on the black Range Rover SUV that reportedly fled the scene contact Baton Rouge Police at (225) 389-7867.

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