NEW ORLEANS -- From the start of 2013 to the evening of day two, six people were shot and three people stabbed in New Orleans. Two of those victims died.
It was a violent start to the year.
“In the past year, I've known four people whose lives have either ended or been ruined by gun violence,” said Susan Spicer, chef and owner of well-known restaurants Bayona and Mondo.
Nearly a year ago, an employee was shot to death outside Mondo over a child care dispute. Spicer said another employee was killed in a shooting. And on New Year’s Day, one of the servers at Bayona, 28-year-old Antonio Llovet, was found shot to death in his Gentilly home.
“My first thought was, not again. Not again,” Spicer said.
When he wasn’t working at Bayona, Llovet was a student at Delgado Community College.
His parents weren't ready to go on camera about the incident, but said they think the killer stole several thousand dollars. Police still haven't released an official motive in the killing.
“He was a happy, great normal guy who had friends among the staff, and you know was trying to do better for himself,” Spicer said.
New Orleans police records show the violent new year started just before 2 a.m. outside the Shops at Canal Place. A group of people got into a fight and someone was shot in the behind running away from it.
Police also searched for a motive in the stabbing death of an 83-year-old man at the Terraces senior apartments on Tulane Avenue.
Police said a family member found 83-year-old Edward Richardson stabbed to death in his fifth-floor apartment.
Diana Williams, a close friend of Richardson's, called him an energetic, very sweet, upbeat person.
Latter & Blum Property Management Inc. manages the apartment complex for Volunteers of America and said in a statement, "It does not appear... that there was any breach in the security systems at the property. Nor were there any signs of forced entry into Mr. Richardson's apartment."
The Latter & Blum spokesman also said they handed all of their surveillance camera video to police.
Wednesday, police started searching for a person of interest in that Canal Street shooting. Detectives said they wanted to speak with 19-year-old Edwin Patterson.
If you have information on Patterson’s whereabouts, you can call New Orleans Police at (504) 821-2222.
Any information on the other shootings or murders can be submitted to police through Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.