After shooting deaths of children at opposite ends of Uptown New Orleans bookended Labor Day weekend, officials and family members continue to express outrage over their deaths.
On Sunday, during a rebuilding celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on General Taylor Street, the Rev. Al Sharpton preached a sermon urging people to come together against crime in New Orleans and decrying the “pervasive lack of regard for human life,” according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Just three days earlier, 1-year-old Londyn Samuels had been killed on nearby South Saratoga Street in Central City.
On Monday, after his 11-year-old daughter Paulreiona Cary was injured by a shooting that killed her cousin, Arabiana Gayles, sleeping next to her, Paul Davis expressed his frustration at the cycle of violence, death and marches in New Orleans, Hernandez reports:
On Tuesday, dozens of social workers went to Gayles’ school, Lafayette Academy on South Carrollton, to help the children there cope with their fear and confusion following her death, reports WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris: