NEW ORLEANS – Mourners gathered to pay their final respects and say their final goodbyes to a man they called a “real life hero.”
Even people that did not know Mike Ainsworth personally felt a need to be at the funeral at St. Louis Cathedral Friday morning.
The 44-year-old father of two young boys was killed last week after he rushed to help a woman being carjacked. The carjacker shot him to death.
Ainsworth died with his two young sons at his side. He had been walking them to the school bus stop.
Several elected leaders were present at the funeral, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor Ray Nagin, Councilmembers Kristen Gisleson Palmer and Jackie Clarkson, as well as Director of Criminal Justice James Carter.
Members of the New Orleans Police Department were also at the funeral in full force. Ainsworth was a volunteer with the department.
Ainsworth's brother, Bill, said they are grateful for the community’s outpouring.
"There’s been a lot of support and it's really overwhelming. We do want to thank everybody and also send our condolences to all the other families. I realize that Mike has gotten a lot of attention. There's been a lot of other people that have died in this city this year – our condolences to those families," he said.
Police are still searching for suspects in the case.
If you would like to donate to Ainsworth's family, you can do so at any Whitney Bank. Also, a garage sale is happening Saturday in Algiers Point at 446 Pelican Ave. from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting his family.