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Remember 2008 January 8, 2009

Posted by The Typist in Crime, je me souviens, New Orleans, NOLA, Remember, Toulouse Street, We Are Not OK.
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“as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me”
— Jesus of Nazareth

So many stories came back to me as I transcribed this list of the dead in the killing fields of New Orleans. Nicola Cotton, the NOPD officer shot by known psychotic living on the street. Seeing two suspects listed with the same last name as one of the names from the 2007 list that gets the most search hits here. A retaliation killing? I will never know

I can’t skip work for the Silence is Violence Strike Against Crime, so publishing a list again on the blog will have to count for something.

This is the second year I have published this list: for Silence is Violence, who tries to make a difference; in remembrance of the victims and to shame their killers; and, once again for Chanel, cousin of blogger The Book.

As I work through the list and see how many of the victims “cleared a murder” (were identified as the suspect in another death), or as I look at the endless parade of mugshots by which many are memorialized, what I wrote about Chanel bears repeating:

Everyone person on that [2007] list, even if they had gone down that dark path and died with a handgun in their waste band and an empty look in their eyes, all of them were once as Chanel once was, as my own children once were: as innocent as a lamb in the lap of Jesus.

They were once as young and innocent as Ja Shawn Powell.

Here on Toulouse Street, we Remember.

You can see more information, including victim photographs and short news extracts, on the Times-Picayune Murder Blog. Thanks to the Picayune and it’s staff for compiling the list and sharing the information, which is more than the NOPD can manage.

As on my 2007 list post, if you know one of the victims I invite you to leave a comment remembering them.

Dec. 27: Coty Simmons, 20
4700 block of Galahad Drive – eastern New Orleans

Dec. 22: Terry Plaisance, 25 and Joshua Simmons, 29
1 Westbank Expressway – Algiers

Dec. 17: Brian Urby, 17
7100 block of Bunk Hill Road – eastern New Orleans

Dec. 15: Herbert Broussard, 27
300 block of Decatur Street – French Quarter

Dec. 13: Kenneth Monroe, 27
2500 block of Pauger Street – 7th Ward

Dec. 13: Felix Pearson, 20
2500 block of Pauger Street – 7th Ward

Dec. 13: Darriel Wilson, 20
2500 block of Pauger Street – 7th Ward

Dec. 8: Keith Robertson, 21
1400 block of Conti Street – Cultural Center

Dec. 2: Tony Marsalis, 25
2900 block of General Taylor Street – Milan

Nov. 24: Bernard Littles, 36
Corner of Franklin Avenue and Mexico Street – St. Anthony

Nov. 21: Kendrick Peters, 20
1900 block of Cambronne Street

Nov. 19: Bernell Brock, 25
9000 block of Green Street

Nov. 19: Kevin Jarrow, 33
corner of Green and Hollygrove streets

Nov. 18: Julius Hills, 21
Corner of Third and Dryades streets – Central City

Nov. 17: Kendrick Thomas, 22
2400 block of North Villere Street

Nov. 15: Brian Thickstin, 37
2800 block of Chippewa Stree

Nov. 12: Dioplaus D. Hathorn, 19
2000 block of Pauger Street – 7th Ward

Nov. 8: Javon Green, 15
2300 block of North Derbigny Street

Nov. 8: Kevin Rowe, 35
4100 block of Willow Street – Milan

Nov. 2: Mario Cruz, 34
1900 block of Piety Street

Oct. 29: Carl L. Leblanc III, 23
6000 block of Beechcraft Street

Oct. 28: Jorel Davis, 25
6000 block of Chef Menteur Highway –

Oct. 23: Anthony Quinn, 39
3800 Edinburgh Street – Hollygrove –

Oct. 22: Jamar Douglas, 20
2100 block of Cypress Acres Drive

Oct. 20: Kevin Maxwell, 29
2900 block of Cherry Street – Hollygrove

Oct. 17: Ryan Jones, 19
3300 block of Preston Place – Algiers –

Oct. 15: Brandon Martes, 22
2500 block of Constitution Place – Gentilly

Oct. 10: Wickham M. Parlante, 37
1400 block of Bienville Street – Cultural Center

Oct. 6: Demarrielle Walker, 21
7100 block of Read Boulevard – eastern New Orleans

Oct. 6: Albert Clinton McClebb Jr., 31
Corner of L.B. Landry and Erie streets – Algiers

Oct. 6: Vernon Johnson, 35
Constance and Race streets – Lower Coliseum Square

Oct. 5: Kendrick Sherman, 18
2500 block of St. Ann Street – 6th Ward

Oct. 5: Durrell Pooler, 23
2500 block of St. Ann Street – 6th Ward

Oct. 3: Harold J. Stanwood, 24
4600 block of Clara Street – Milan

Sept. 27: Kirsten Brydum, 25
3000 block of Laussat Place – Florida

Sept. 26: Bruce William Graves, 55
4900 block of Canal Street – Mid-City

Sept. 20: Darielle Rainey, 18
1900 block of Amelia Street – Milan

Sept. 20: Leslie Cannon, 19
Corner of North Prieur Street and Ursulines Avenue – 6th Ward

Sept. 18: Darrick Jack, 19
2000 block of Franklin Avenue – St. Roch

Sept. 11: Charles Dickerson, 30
1700 block of France Street – Upper 9th Ward

Sept. 7: Mark Stone, 38
7800 block of Olive Street – Gert Town

Sept. 6: Robert Santinac, 20
1600 block of Music Street – St. Roch
Santinac was the city’s first murder victim after the city’s evacution for Hurricane Gustav.

Aug. 30: Damion McCall, 17
Intersection of Touro Street and North Roman street – 7th Ward

Aug. 28: Celeste Hall, 39
7700 block of Chef Menteur Highway – eastern New Orleans

Aug. 28: Thomas Byrne, 40
Near the Elysian Fields Avenue overpass in the 7th Ward.

Aug. 27: Justin Laird, 18
1500 Murl Street – Algiers

Aug. 24: Kenel Schneckenburg, 24
1700 block of New Orleans Street – 7th Ward

Aug. 22: Allen Ivery Jr., 24
P2000 block of Felicity Street – Central City

Aug. 22: Keenon N. McCann, 32
6100 block of Dreux Avenue – eastern New Orleans

Aug. 20: Deron Hunter, 19
1100 block of North Roman Street – 6th Ward

Aug. 19: James A. Jones Jr., 39
300 block of North Robertson Street – Cultural Center

Aug. 16: Tyone Nions, 33
1100 block of North Roman Street – 6th Ward

Aug. 16: Bryant Langston, 17
600 block of Bordeaux – Uptown

Aug. 16: Travain Jones, 18
600 block of Bordeaux – Uptown

Aug. 13: Charles Jones, 39
1000 block of Newton Street – Algiers

Aug. 11: Jessica L. Hawk, 32
3000 block of Chartres Street – Bywater

Aug. 11: Rodil Rodriguez, 44
3700 block of Dryades Street – Milan

Aug. 11: Antoine C. Pierre, 27
Corner of Josephine and Carondelet streets – Central City

Aug. 10: Devin Legaux, 33
Corner of Pauger and North Rampart streets – Marigny

Aug. 3: Kevin Ford Jr., 24
3100 block of Bruxelles Street – Broad

Aug. 3: Joshua Brown, 24
Corner of Hamburg and Lafreniere streets – Gentilly

Aug. 3: Vance Brooks Jr., 23
Corner of Hamburg and Lafreniere streets – Gentilly

July 30: Kendall Parker, 37
5600 block of Dauphine Street – Holy Cross

July 30: Roy Wolfe, 34
1700 block of South Lopez Street – Broadmoor

July 27: Gerald Thorton, 20
6300 block of Kingston Court – Algiers

July 26: Ryen Tate, 20
1300 block of South Saratoga Street – Central City

July 25: Jerrold Smith, 58
8600 block of Hickory – West Carrollton

July 25: Roy Callaway, 30-
Corner of St. Bernard Avenue and North Galvez Street

July 24: Yen Nguyen, 72
14300 block of Dwyer Road – eastern New Orleans

July 21: Lawrence Robinson, 21
1400 block of South Rampart Street – Central City

July 20: Marvin Louis, 19
8700 block of Belfast Street – Uptown

July 20: Kerry Emery, 28
3300 block of Clouet Street

July 20: Walter Miguel Jovel, 41
Corner of North Derbigny and Spain streets

July 18: Anthony Brooks, 20
3100 block of Marais Street

July 18: Deshawn “Julio” Stewart, 18
Corner of North Prieur and Laharpe streets – 7th Ward

July 15: Terence “Sporty T” Vine, 41
5100 block of Painters Street – Gentilly

July 11: Luis Fernando Cardonia-Mejia, 28
7300 block of Read Boulevard – eastern New Orleans

July 10: Mark Westbrook, 33
4300 block of Lane Street – eastern New Orleans

July 6: Mervin Simon, 22
2300 block of A.P. Tureaud Avenu

July 2: Kelly Hill, 17
2100 block of Franklin Avenue – St. Roch

June 29: Robert Irwin, 47
5000 block of South Prieur Street – Broadmoor

June 29: Alvin Wilson, 21
Corner of First and South Prieur streets – Central City

June 26: Lorenzo Larvinette, 22
Corner of North Claiborne Avenue and Bienville Street

June 25: Victor Russell, 48
6300 block of North Rampart Street

June 19: Denzel Williams, 18
1700 block of Hero Street – Algiers

June 10: John Jordan, 36
Corner of Annunciation and Market streets – Lower Garden District

June 9: Dejuan Jason, 17
3200 block of Kabel Drive – Algiers

June 9: McArthur Carter, 45
1900 block of Philip Street – Central City

June 8: Kenneth Posey, 45
Corner of 3rd and South Johnson streets – Central City

June 8: Dwayne Stewart, 38
5000 block of Basinview Drive – eastern New Orleans

June 5: Tremika Bingham, 27
4500 block of Skyview Drive – eastern New Orleans

June 5: Christopher Williams, 38
4500 block of Skyview Drive – eastern New Orleans

May 22: Christopher Lewis, 23
3900 block of Royal Street – Bywater

May 21: Kenneth Lewis, 45
3100 block of Orleans Avenue – Bayou St. John
May 21: Brenda Joyce Jackson, 57
3100 block of Orleans Avenue – Bayou St. John

May 17: Dalvin Rainey, 24
Corner of L.B. Landry Avenue and De Armas Street – Algiers

May 17: Michael Reed, 21
Corner of L.B. Landry Avenue and De Armas Street – Algiers

May 13: Darnell P. Stewart, 23
3400 block of South Claiborne Avenue – Central City –
Suspect Andre Hankton
Suspect Telly Hankton
I left the suspect note from NOLA.Com on this one. Please see my past post about George Hankton, one of the most searched names leading to last year’s post. I hope this wasn’t a retaliation killing.

May 11: Ivy Ranson III, 25
800 block of North Claiborne Avenue – Treme

May 11: Roddy Usher, 36
3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive – Algiers

May 10: Arthur Mitchell, 15
2100 block of South Robertson Street – Central City

May 5: Elijah Bentley, 21
10200 block of Castlewood Drive – eastern New Orleans

May 5: Juan Pena-Gomez, 34
4300 block of Dale Street – eastern New Orleans

May 4: Brandon McCue, 22
7700 block of Chef Menteur Highway – eastern New Orleansscene.

May 1: Lakeisha Taylor, 24
1400 block of Conti Street – Cultural Center –

May 1: Patrick Fleming, 20
2900 block of Banks Street – Mid-City

April 30: Candice Gillard, 24
10600 block of Old Gentilly Road

April 30: Jarnell Sanders, 22
10600 block of Gentilly Road

April 27: Marquise Charles, 20
2600 block of Dumaine Street – Treme

April 27: Sylvester Cash, 17
2600 block of Dumaine Street – Treme

April 26: Louis Bertholotte, 25
2100 block of A.P. Tureaud Avenue – 7th Ward

April 25: Margaret Wells, 21
2300 block of Laharpe Street – 7th Ward

April 25: Tony Wells, 22
2300 block of Laharpe Street – 7th Ward

April 25: Johnny Crawford, 20
2300 block of Laharpe Street – 7th Ward

April 23: Robert C. Hurst, 34
1300 block of Gallier Street – 9th Ward

April 20: Michael Allen, 32
4700 block of Miles Drive – Gentilly

April 19: Nathaniel Osborne, 19
2500 block of Upperline Street – Freret

April 19: Antoine Martin, 18
6000 block of Chef Menteur Highway – eastern New Orleans

April 19: Lorne Simms, 20
1400 block of North Johnson Street – 7th Ward

April 18: Yohance Shabazz, 18
2300 block of Seminole Lane – Central City

April 18: Keith Williams, 23
corner of Dufossat and Freret streets – Freret

March 25: Natasha Martin, 28
I-10 near Michoud exit – eastern New Orleans

March 24: Kraig Carney, 19
I-10 eastbound near Airline exit – Mid-City

March 24: Jason Williams, 29
3900 block of Dowman Road – eastern New Orleans

March 22: Troy Mayfield Sr., 28
8200 block of Almonaster Avenue – eastern New Orleans

March 21: Lerman Robinson, 25
1200 block of South Johnson Street – Central City

March 13: Lance Zarders, 17
1600 block of Frenchmen Street – 7th Ward

March 11: James Brooks, 46
3600 block of Lotus Street – Gentilly

March 9: Lester Harris, 37
200 block of North Robertson Street – Cultural Center

March 9: Dominque Weber, 16
1400 block of Frenchmen Street – 7th Ward

March 8: Leyon Gaines, 32
7300 block of Pitt Street – Black Pearl

March 6: Jeanell Green, 42
3300 block of Lancaster Street – Algiers

March 3: Freddie Hilton, 30
3500 block of Garden Oaks Drive – Algiers

March 2: Jerome Jones, 24
corner of Jackson Avenue and Willow Street – Central City

Feb. 29: Don Lewis Jr., 42
8900 block of Forshey Street – Hollygrove

Feb. 27: Michael Spencer, 27
3600 block of Danneel Street – Milan

Feb. 27: Brandon Spencer, 19
1300 block of St. Roch Avenue – St. Roch

Feb. 26: Leonard Fant, 53
2000 block of Elizardi Boulevard – Algiers

Feb. 26: Richon Jones, 21
1300 block of St. Roch Avenue – St. Roch

Feb. 11: Keith Harrison Jr., 25
2400 block of Allen Street – 7th Ward

Feb. 11: Nathan F. LeBlanc Jr., 21
7900 block of Bullard Avenue – East New Orleans

Feb. 8: Brian Miller, 19
2300 block of Washington Avenue – Central City

Feb. 6: Edward Causey, 26
corner of St. Mary and Annunciation streets – Lower Garden District –

Feb. 3: Javonte Morgan, 15
1700 block of North Galvez Street – 7th Ward

Feb. 3: Jadace Craft, 24
1600 block of Marigny Street – St. Roch

Feb. 2: Allen Porche, 24
1200 block of Delery Street – Lower 9th Ward

Feb. 2: Terry Robinson, 26
1200 block of Delery Street – St. Claude

Jan. 28: Nicola Cotton, 24
2100 block of Earhart Boulevard – Central City
Cotton, 24, a New Orleans Police Sixth District officer, was fatally shot in a struggle with a man she was questioning. The shooter was later determined to be psychotic.

Jan. 27: Henry Butler IV, 21
1900 block of Foucher Street – Milan

Jan. 25: Courtney Thompson, 19
corner of Abundance Street and Florida Avenue – Gentilly

Jan. 26: Joseph Canselo, 19
6400 block of General Meyer Avenue – Cutoff

Jan. 20: Bertrand Winfield
corner of Gannon Road and Hayne Boulevard – East New Orleans

Jan. 15: Altheus Myers Sr., 26
corner of Jackson Avenue and Willow Street – Central City

Jan. 14: Monroe “Money” Walker, 20
corner of Magnolia and Philip streets -Central City

Jan. 12: Gervais Nicholas, 16
corner of Tulane Avenue and South Lopez Street – Tulane

Jan. 11: Jody Johnson, 47
3600 block of Piety Street – Desire

Jan. 11: Scott Dorsey, 25
Petit Bayou Lane near Willowbrook Drive – Village de l’Est

Jan. 7 – David Sisolak Jr., 25
1700 block of Hero Boulevard – Algiers

Jan. 6: Ryan McClure, 23
5700 block of Wisner Boulevard – Gentilly

Jan. 6: Michael Augustine, 23
1100 block of Lizardi Street – Lower 9th Ward

Jan. 4: Jose Francisco Ramos, 44
100 block of Pinewood Court – Algiers

Jan. 2: Kendrick Quinn, 18
6800 block of Parc Brittany Boulevard – East New Orleans

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We Remember You January 12, 2008

Posted by The Typist in Debrisville, Helen Hill, je me souviens, New Orleans, Rebirth, Recovery, Remember.
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As I check my blog statistics (visitors, links in, search terms, that sort of thing) late last night, I started to notice people who had come here searching for individuals by name and finding them in the list below.

I don’t want to invade what was almost certainly a private moment of grief by listing them, but I want to say to everyone who came here searching for one of the murder victims in New Orleans, (even if they have come and gone and will never stop by again), or to anyone else who comes here because you found your loved one in the list below: we remember, we remember them all.

Last year, 4,000 Orleanians marched. This year around 40 people stopped by City Hall to hear the speakers–Nakita Shavers, sister of slain drummer and music educator Dinerral Shaves; the brother of slain filmmaker Helen Hill; Ken Foster and Baty Ladis–founders of Silence is Violence.

No, we were not 4,000 yesterday; only 40. But we are tired. All of those terrible but apt marketing slogans, the things we don’t say ourselves–Big Easy, The City That Care Forget–may have once been apt but no longer apply to life here in Debrisville. By the time I’m done arguing with my wife over the latest Sewage & Water Board bill and hauling my children all over town because there are no school buses for the charter schools or waiting for the plumber to come unclog our pipes again because god-only-know-what has backwashed up out of our monstrous sewers, there’s simply few hours left in the day and little energy. Maitri is right: we are all tired.

Forty people standing at City Hall is not enough, but it is a start. Decades ago in my own radical youth I was talking to a Trotskyist about the candidates the Socialist Workers’ Party had run for city office. They had managed several hundred votes and were excited. If I had 400 dedicated comrades, he told me (and he actually used that term), we could begin the revolution tomorrow. Yeah, good luck with that. Still, there was a kernel of truth in what he said. What I learned yesterday on the steps of city hall was there: there is a core of people committed to making this city better, safer.

Those people have not forgotten. Organizer Ken Foster summed it up well: He didn’t know Shavers or Hill personally, he told us. “To survive as a community, we can’t wait until things become personal to us,” the T-P quoted him, and he is right. There is a nucleus of people who care, but if we’re going to make the revolution we need not those 40 or my old comrade’s 400. We need the 4,000 committed and ready, we need 40,000 who will watch the streets and not be afraid to testify, we need 400,000 to stand up and say: enough.

We are not there yet, but the lesson of yesterday’s recital of the names listed below and press conference is this: we have not forgotten. We remember. The Times-Picayune is wrong: this is not just about the high profile cases. We have not surrendered. It may not be enough, not yet, but it is a beginning.

Je me souviens. We remember.

P.S. Hat tip to the bloggers who also came to City Hall and those who also wrote about this on the anniversay: Bart of B.Rox who was a friend of Helen Hill’s, Leigh of Liprap’s Lament, Karen of Northwest Carrollton and Squandered Heritage. Bart and Karen are two warriors in the last battle of New Orleans. Also Maitri and Peter and Ashley and Morwen of Gentilly for remembering. Can’t everybody get off work for stuff like this. I should also mention Brian Denzer, another selfless spear carrier in this campaign, for his work on so many fronts including the New Orleans Citizen’s Crime Watch map site.