Tuesday, March 25, 2008



vigil 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Liberty Street

directions to vigil


There are those among us who read about these murders and before they can hear the pleas of compassion for their fellow man, they plug their ears, and set sails for the blessed isles of forgetfulness where they can lull their conscience with the sweet songs of diversions. These cynics find it fit to know only the name and age of the victim so they can continue to see each murder as meaningless. In the deep reaches of their heart, the cynic knows that if they were to hear his humane song, they might be called to act against these heinous crimes.

The cynic’s value and worth operates in its own little separate system, an infinite distance from the valuelessness of the victims. These cynics do not have profound feelings about profound things so they have separation from places, times and persons. Since they do not understand the sacredness of our city, they are blind to the dignity and worth of our citizens. Their hearts are stone for they do not know what it means to lose a New Orleanian.

Looking out unto the conditions of our community, the cynical citizen sees only terror, destruction, and death. They abandon their dreams of New Orleans, and cry out, “Such hope is foolishness.’ They resign to their doubts about her resurrection and settle for another place where, in a quietly despairing world, they will lose themselves as automaton living in an alienated universe. The cynic wanders through life spurred on by a fickle faith. They never possess the courage to fathom their faith. They never possess the strength, determination, and love to be a New Orleanian. They instead wish to sit on the sidelines during the majestic struggle for the soul of democracy happening here in New Orleans...

"We are begging all members of the community to come forward," he said.

At least two of the day's shootings were retaliatory, and some involved the drug trade, police said. Nicholas cited "a culture, a certain population in this city intent on committing violent crime."

Randall Thomas, 19, victim of a fatal shooting Jan. 3 in the 2500 block of LaSalle Street, has been identified as the killer of Corey Hayes, 28, who was the year's first homicide victim {2007}. Hayes was killed in the 2300 of Fouth Street in Central City on New Year's Day. Thomas was killed in retaliation for Hayes' slaying, Meisch said, but police have not arrested or identified a suspect in Thomas' shooting.

Darlene Cusanza, director of Crimestoppers, also pleaded for leads in the cases, and took the unusual step of raising the organization's standard $2,500 reward to $3,500 for the next 48 hours.

Killings bring the city to its knees - TP Crime Archive
In the past week, 12 people have been murdered in the city.
... been identified as the killer of Corey Hayes,28,
who was the year's first homicide victim.(2007) ...


While living in other cities, with other citizens, at other times, the Reverend of Reveries, Dr. Martin Luther King might have dreamed about little black boys and little black girls holding hands with little white boys and white girls. But I will tell you that if the King of Dreams were still alive today, and if he were in New Orleans right now during our majestic struggle, under the oak trees, he would take his mental flight and, as that sweet breeze gave him that New Orleans ease, the prince of peace would dream higher dreams. He would have a dream that in New Orleans little black boys, little black girls, little white boys, little white girls would descend like doves upon our city and together fathom the courage to create the beloved community.

He would have a dream in New Orleans that one day, blacks and whites, Easterners and Westerners, Caribbean and Europeans would beat their swords into plow shares and their spears into pruning hooks, that brothers would no longer rise up against brothers and all would learn to love their enemies and pray for those who harm them.

He would dream in New Orleans that one day, Baptists and Buddhists, Catholic and Hindus, Muslims and Jews, would give themselves to Peace from the essence of their being and sing to their gods new songs of love and healing.

He would dream in New Orleans that one day, the boulevard of Martin Luther King, a place ravaged by rage, a place flooded in fear, would be transformed into a neighborhood of nonviolence.

He would dream in New Orleans that every day after every murder, the whole city would rise up, gather together and stand in silence—stating in their symbolic gesture: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that every man is created equal and every human is endowed with the spirit of the Creator in man. No matter whom they were, no matter what mistakes they made, no matter where they were in life,these 413 were faithful New Orleanians.


vigil 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Liberty Street

google map to vigil.


Human Rights Record of United States in 2007 (full text)
In New Orleans,209homicides were recorded in 2007,
... On December 26, bodies of six people died from gun wounds
were discovered at a residential building ...
www.gov.cn/misc/2008-03/13/content_918785.htm - 17k - Cached

The spate of killings in New Orleans over and just after the 2006 New Year’s holiday was not only horrific; it was also not an anomaly. These killings reflect elevated rates of murder in the city over the past few years with respect to cities of comparable size; a higher level of murder in the city over the past two years than in 2004; and a much higher level beginning around last April.

Rate calculations for atypical years, e.g., New Orleans in 2005 and 2006

Circumstances during 2005 and 2006 were anything but typical in New Orleans. The city was essentially emptied by Hurricane Katrina at the end of August 2005, and remained sparsely populated for the remainder of that year. A substantial degree of re-population occurred throughout 2006. The mid-year population would provide an extremely biased estimate of exposure for 2005, and likely would for 2006 as well. Very few of the 454,863 persons who were here on July 1, 2005 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2007a), went on to live here for the last 4 months of the year.


How Many Homicides in New Orleans since 2005 - Google search results

Highest homicide rate making New Orleans the Big Bloody
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 25, 2007 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/25/2007 9:31:06 AM PDT by Graybeard58

Sixty-four-year-old Vivian Westerman rode out Hurricane Katrina in her 19th-century house. So terrible was the experience that she wanted two things before the 2006 season arrived: "I got a 6,000-watt generator and the cutest little Smith & Wesson, snub nose .38 you ever saw," she boasted. "I've never been more confident."

People across New Orleans are arming themselves -- not only against the possibility of another storm bringing anarchy, but against the violence that has engulfed the metropolitan area in the 19 months since Katrina, making New Orleans the nation's murder capital.

The number of permits issued to carry concealed weapons is running twice as high as it was before Katrina -- this, in a city with only about half its pre-storm population of around 450,000. Attendance at firearms classes and hours logged at shooting ranges also are up, according to the gun industry.

Gun dealers who saw sales shoot up during the chaotic few months after Katrina say that sales are still brisk, and that the customers are a cross-section of the population -- doctors, lawyers, bankers, artists, laborers, stay-at-home moms.




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