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Murder in the French Quarter

I live across the street from the Cabrini Dog Park in the French Quarter. Last night a little before 8pm, I heard a loud, crashing sound that I knew could only be a gunshot at close range, no more than a couple blocks away. This was confirmed by the convergence of several police sirens outside, up my street, a couple minutes later. The full story:


Police probe shooting death of woman in French Quarter
by The Times-Picayune
Sunday January 18, 2009, 9:31 AM

New Orleans Police have not yet released the name of the 38-year-old woman who was shot to death in the French Quarter around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Michael DeMocker / The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Police investigate the shooting death of a woman on Governor Nicholls at Dauphine in the French Quarter Saturday evening. The woman was a Quarter resident, police said.

The release of the woman's name is pending notification of relatives, said Officer Shereese Harper, NOPD spokeswoman.

The woman, who lived in the Quarter, was shot at at the intersection of Governor Nicholls and Dauphine streets, Harper said.

Police responding to a call found the woman lying on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to her body. Emergency medical technicians pronounced her dead on the scene.
Michael DeMocker / The Times-PicayuneEMTs work in the back of an ambulance to try to save a woman shot at the intersection of Governor Nicholls and Dauphine streets in the French Quarter Saturday evening. The 38-year-old woman, a French Quarter resident, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Homicide Detective Richard Chambers is in charge of the investigation.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111, toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867). You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.


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Jan. 18th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
A horrible loss to lower decatur
Local Woman Shot To Death In the French Quarter

Wendy, the daytime bartender at Tikis was shot in the back last night and killed. :( This is horrible....

Hold on to the people you love. They could be gone in an instant.

May she rest in peace.

Jan. 18th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I live about two blocks from where this took place. Thugs becoming so fucking bold and no regard for life; I am outraged over this. And is it just me or are the authorities and local news almost trying to down-play this? I had to hunt for the article last night; it wasn't even on the first page of nola.com.

I did not know Wendy, but still this is terribly sad. I'm so sorry to hear of her death. Really senseless.

NOcrimeline.com is reporting a little more information regarding the incident:

Details are still sketchy about the murder on Dauphine Street in the Lower French Quarter, but here's what we think we know:

Police so far have only reported that a 38-year-old woman was the victim of an "apparent shooting death" on Saturday (1.17.09) night just before 8 p.m. at Gov. Nicholls and Dauphine streets.

We have since learned from reliable sources that the woman's name was Wendy Burns, that she worked as the day bartender at Aunt Tiki's bar, 1207 Decatur St., just around the corner from Brad Pitt's and Angelina Jolie's pied-a-terre on Gov. Nicholls.

She is also said to have tended bar at the Ninth Circle, 700 N. Rampart St. at St. Peter Street, and The Country Club, 634 Louisa St. (between Chartres and Royal streets).

She reportedly lived on St. Philip Street and was recently engaged to be married to an offshore oil worker. She was said to be on her way home with the tips she had earned that day when she encountered 3 black thugs loitering on a stoop on Dauphine near Gov. Nicholls.

The shooting occurred as she apparently tried to flee down Dauphine to escape a robbery attempt by the trio and was shot once in the back. When EMTs arrived on the scene, she was pronounced dead.

Some have said there was a robbery near Cosimo's bar at Gov. Nicholls and Burgundy streets about an hour earlier in which a man was robbed of $350 and that might have been related to this incident.

This tragedy corroborates what one 8th District NOPD commander used to warn: "Every armed robbery is one squeeze of the trigger away from being a homicide."

It also violates what every police commander always pleads: "Give a robber what he wants and get away with your life."

And there's another lesson or two:

If you see trouble lurking, avoid it, detour, step into a doorway--don't try to think you're going to walk right through it unscathed.

If you see a thug or a gang loitering on a corner or a stoop or where they don't belong, don't hesitate to call 911. Let the police check them out. The police can't stop suspicious persons on their own for fear of being accused of "profiling"--but they can stop them if YOU report them as suspicious.

Everyone please be safe!
Jan. 19th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I have avoided that stretch of Bourbon / Dauphine for months now during the nighttime. Take Esplanade instead.
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