NEW ORLEANS - Residents in Central City held a small vigil Monday night for a 16-year-old middle school student who was gunned down Friday.
Kipp Central City Academy 8th Grader Ricky Summers was found shot in the back behind an abandoned house in the 2200 block of Terpsichore Street. A twist of fate may have put him in the wrong place at the wrong time.
New Hope Baptist Church Pastor John Raphael stapled up his signature sign, “Thou Shall Not Kill” on an abandoned house just a couple of blocks from his church.
“They might take it down, but I want these kids getting out of school to pass by here and see a response to this kid's life being taken,” Raphael said.
16-year-old Summers was found shot to death behind the abandoned house, still wearing his school uniform on Saturday Morning.
“From what some people was telling us, he was supposed to go to the Hornets game but from the look of it, he never made it,” his aunt, Ola Domino said.
A spokesman for the school said they did give some donated tickets to Friday night's game to students, but neither he nor a teacher would say whether Summers was supposed to go, and why he didn’t.
“He just happened to be in the wrong place at the time when he got killed. You know. We're all sorry to hear that. Because we never thought that would've happened to him,” said Summers’ Uncle, Morris James.
Writing and technology teacher Tania Roubion told us the school was shocked that such a positive, good student was murdered.
“I'm gonna miss him. I'm gonna miss his bright smile. I'm gonna miss his positive energy,” Roubion said.
Monday, police worked to piece together what exactly happened to Summers. ATF dogs searched for evidence in the yard where Summers was found.
It appears Summers was running away from the shooter. The coroner confirmed a gunshot wound to the back killed him, and that his body laid there for 12 hours.
“Twelve whole hours suffering and in pain. And we just want to know why,” Domino said.
Those answers are often hard to come by in New Orleans.
Pastor Raphael knows many of the neighborhood kids. He said one boy told him he had seen Summers laying there wounded hours before anyone called police.
“He had this fear of calling the police. He wanted something to be done and he said he knew that kid and he just felt he couldn't call the police that he wouldn't be treated right or he would be considered a suspect if he called to report it, which a tragedy,” Raphael said.
A funeral service for Summers is scheduled for Friday morning at Israelite Baptist Church on the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Central City at 11 a.m., with visitation preceding it at 10 a.m.
New Orleans Police said they were working on developing a suspect Monday afternoon, but they still needed the public’s help.
Anyone with information about Summers’ murder should call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.