NEW ORLEANS -- Crimestoppers has increased the reward for information on the person, or people, who shot Monique Smith and her three children in Gentilly.
During a crime prevention meeting Thursday Uptown, Crimestoppers President Darlene Cusanza told WWL-TV reporter Caresse Jackman the reward has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Monique, her 10-year-old son Justin and her 6-year-old son JuMyrin were shot and killed in their Gentilly home. Her 12-year-old daughter, A'Miya is the only survivor. The young girl was also shot and she's still in the hospital.
"The people who lost their kids, I cried along with them but I didn't know how that felt. Now, I know how that feels," said Debra, Monique Smith's mother. She says her daughter was a giving person and her grandchildren were sweet.
"Miya has a sweet, innocent personality, always a loving child. Justin was a stocky little boy," said Debra. She said Justin wanted to be a football player until he started practicing. Then, he changed his mind to focus on basketball. And, the youngest was nicknamed Bubble for his personality.
"He was bubbly. He was outgoing, very intelligent, very bright," Debra said with a smile on her face.
Then, that smile turned to tears.
"He took my children away from me. This man took my children away. I don't know who he is. I don't know why he did it," she said.
"That person destroyed my family. I really feel like I'm dead," she said.
Police have not released a suspect or a motive in this case. A'Miya remains in the hospital after being shot in the face.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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