Lake Charles Man Shada Tate Beaten in Senseless Attack


As time passes, something that seems so familiar, comfortable, and safe can change for the worst. While this concept can be applied to many things in life, neighborhoods often experience noticeable change.

Former Lake Charles resident Veronica Miller says that the Lake Charles neighborhood along Bank Street, between Orange and 13th Street, has gone downhill.

“There’s a lot that goes on in that neighborhood. There’s homeless that live in abandoned houses, there’s drug addicts…the neighborhood’s not safe anymore,” she said. Via

Her longtime friend Shada Tate was walking in that area on July 22 when three men exited an SUV and pummeled Tate with a savage beating. The incident left him with a fractured jaw and a brain bleed. He’s been trying to recover in the intensive care unit of a New Orleans hospital.

According to the account given by Miller, Tate had just visited his mother and was heading home.
Based on this account, it seems that the probability of something like this happening has increased in the last few years, but Miller is stunned that something like this could happen to someone she knows.

“I don’t see him doing anything that would provoke somebody to get out and nearly beat you to death,” Miller said. Via

Tate’s family and friends are hopeful that more information will come to light about the men who left him in such a damaged condition.

According to metrics, there are 66 crimes per square mile in Lake Charles, compared to 31 for the rest of the state.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tate, Miller, and Tate’s family and social network. When a resident is wronged, the Johnson Law Firm is eager to help ensure justice is served. Please call us today at (337) 433-1414.

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