Christmastime in New Orleans is magical. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, there is much to enjoy.
You can take a sojourn to “Holiday in the Oaks” at City Park, ride a streetcar down St. Charles adorned with festive holly, enjoy a hearty, traditional Reveillion dinner, or you can get brutally beaten in the CBD in a random attack with no discernible motive or purpose.
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.
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.
An 8-year-old boy was shot in the leg Saturday afternoon when gunfire broke out while he was playing football on South Rendon Street, New Orleans police said.
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.
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.”
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.