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.
Oh what a tangled web we weave…
This past week, a video was released of an encounter between former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and provocateur James O’Keefe from this past July. The encounter took place on the sidewalk in front of Tulane Law School (my alma mater) where Letten is now an assistant dean.
“You went to my home, you terrorized my wife, you’re violating federal law, you’re violating state law, you’re trespassing, you’re a nasty cowardly little spud,” Letten shouted. He also called O’Keefe a “hobbit” for some reason.
An 11-year-old girl died Monday and two other people were wounded after several gunmen opened fire on the west-Carrollton home where they were all sleepign, New Orleans police said.
The Krewe of OAK rolled through Carrollton on Saturday evening for the annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade with the theme of “OAKtopussy Riot: a Tribute to James Bondage.”
As universities begin class again and campuses come to life, the Second District police commander is urging students to exercise caution in light recent robberies of two armed robberes on Wednesday on State and General Pershing Streets, and two carjackings this weekend on Spruce and Jeanette.
The parade will march from the Maple Leaf bar to Palmer Park and back.
The day after a 1-year-old was shot to death in her babysitter’s arms on Saratoga Street sent a cascade of strong emotions coursing through Central City.
At dawn, neighbors awoke to an armed standoff at a Central City home involved in the investigation. The day progressed with an intense burst of grief from the child’s parents and their supporters at Cafe Reconcile, followed by an angry denunciation from city leaders for the lack of information in the case, and ended at dusk with a vigil mourning the slain child.
“She was my world,” said her father, 20-year-old Keion Reed, in a brief public address Friday afternoon. “She was my everything. She was my reason for getting up in the morning.”
“Though road construction and rush-hour bottlenecks continue on Carrollton Avenue less than a month before Costco plans to open its doors, the city says the streets will be ready for the wholesale retailer’s grand opening,” reports Marta Jewson of MidCityMessenger.com. The opening date is Sept. 21, less than a month away.
For the fourth time in as many years, a young child in Central City was gunned down Thursday evening for no reason other than the simple misfortune of being there when the shooting started.
“This is indescribable,” said Barbara Lacen-Keller, a longtime Central City activist. “There’s no way you could make a reason out of this. I know the Bible says to forgive, but, I don’t know… “
Gladys Willis, an 80-year-old resident of the Freret neighborhood who lost her legs to infection from the floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina, has a new roof following a fundraiser to keep her in her home last week at The Other Bar on Freret Street, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
“I think it will be a big shot in the arm for Gert Town,” said Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant.
With the repaving of Broadway and Leonidas streets now at “substantial completion,” the section of Freret Street in the Milan neighborhood from Louisiana to Napoleon has become one-way as the repaving project begins there, officials said.
A Napoleon Avenue home under renovation was damaged by a midday fire Tuesday that started in the kitchen and spread to the attic, New Orleans fire officials said.
American Apparel on Magazine Street was the target of shoplifters on two different occasions last week, but photos of the suspects were captured on surveillance cameras each time, and New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help in identifying them.