NEW ORLEANS - Friends and family of a French Quarter street musician said they want justice. Sunday marked more than a month since Ahmad Sheppard was murdered in his next door neighbor's apartment on Prytania Street.
A crowd gathered to celebrate the life of trumpet player and popular French Quarter disc jockey Ahmad Sheppard.
Friends and family visited his favorite hang outs, looking over pictures and remembering better times.
"He was a good guy," said close friend Cornelius Sandifer. "No matter what time it was if you called him, needed him, he was there."
"I had brain surgery back in '06, and Ahmad sat by my bedside everyday for two months," said close friend Joe Spinelli.
In June, police said they found the 33-year-old bound, gagged and shot, execution style, in his neighbor's apartment.
"I will never get over this. It was horrific," said his father Donald Sheppard. "A parent should never have to look at their own child in a casket."
Investigators said it appeared to be a home invasion. Police found both Ahmad Sheppard's apartment, as well as his neighbor's apartment, robbed and ransacked.
"He did not deserve to go out like that. He was murdered, he was actually executed," said Ahmad Sheppard's father.
His friends and family said he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now they are plagued with that burning question, "Why?"
"Look at all these people. All these people are here because of him," said Sandifer. "Enemies, oh no, if anything this happened to him for helping somebody."
Police still have not answered the question of why or identified the suspects. After a month, investigators had only one composite sketch to go on. The sketch is of one of two men seen fleeing from the apartment that night.
"This is not going to be a cold case," said Ahmad Sheppard's father. "I will be here until we find them."
So for now, his friends and family have decided to focus on the good rather than the tragedy that has brought them together.
Police said they are still searching for the white 2008 Jeep Cherokee, which belonged to Sheppard's neighbor. Investigators also said they are following up on some strong leads from evidence collected from the apartment.
Still, investigators needed help identifying the two suspects and urged anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.