Dec 182014
 

Listritus Reeder (via NOPD)

Listritus Reeder (via NOPD)

Cyrus Rollins (via NOPD)

Cyrus Rollins (via NOPD)

Two men — a 32-year-old and an 18-year-old — are wanted in connection with the shooting last weekend that injured an 8-year-old boy while he played football on South Rendon Street, New Orleans police said.

The shooting seems to have its basis in a children’s dispute over water guns, and while the 8-year-old was not the intended target of the shooting, another young boy — himself only 16 years old — was, investigators said this week. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 
NOPD Detective Jerry Baldwin looks for evidence on Willow Street near Lowerline following a robbery  Friiday, Dec. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Detective Jerry Baldwin looks for evidence on Willow Street near Lowerline following a robbery Friiday, Dec. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Five armed robberies have been reported in the Carrollton area since Dec. 4. (map via NOPD)

Five armed robberies have been reported in the Carrollton area since Dec. 4. (map via NOPD)

New Orleans police have identified suspects relating to a trio of robberies in the Carrollton area earlier this month and are working towards warrants for their arrests, while investigations continue into a separate set of robberies in the university area last weekend, authorities said.

The first cluster took place in the three days between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 — starting on South Carrollton near Apricot, then at Leonidas and Sycamore and finally in the 7900 block of Maple, said Lt. Brian Lampard of the NOPD Second District investigations unit. Continue reading »

Dec 132014
 
Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two college students were robbed at gunpoint on Willow Street in the university area late Friday night, and their assailants fired a shot as they were fleeing, the victims and neighbors nearby said afterward. Continue reading »

Dec 102014
 
Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman widely known as “Ms. Betty,” a selfless community servant who fought for years to put roofs over many heads, was discovered last week outside her River Garden home, speaking incoherently and suffering mysterious injuries, neighbors say.

After her unexplained death Tuesday following a week in the hospital, both the police and those that Betty Daigre helped are struggling to understand whether foul play could have led to her sudden loss.

“What really needs to happen is that there needs to be exposure on this case,” said Ronald McCoy. “It’s as if it never happened. But it happened, it’s real, and it happened in such a tragic way to a lady in the safety of her own home.”

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre's doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre’s doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 092014
 
Eddie Murray, a Loyola junior, sports a shirt reading "Justice for ___ whichever one is next." On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Eddie Murray, a Loyola senior, sports a shirt reading “Justice for ___ whichever one is next.” On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, Loyola New Orleans’ Our Lives Matter group held a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed due to police brutality. After lighting candles, participants held a 4:30 moment of silence for the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body was left on the street. Students took the opportunity to share their own experiences with police brutality and abuses of power and generally their feelings about the current events involving the police. Our Lives Matter will be holding events in the coming year including a panel discussion on the definition of racism and a meeting with the Second District police.

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Dec 082014
 

Owen Courreges

It’s a catchy title: “91%.” However, it stands for something far less significant.

Local documentary filmmaker John Richie has certainly adopted a theme. His previous effort, “Shell Shocked,” aimed to portray the gritty reality of youth gun violence in New Orleans. He now plans to follow up that film with “91%,” which is being pitched as “a film about gun background checks and the people whose lives they impact.” Continue reading »