Community gathers to mourn slain Central City child
Posted on August 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM
Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 9:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- A large crowd gathered in Central City on Friday night to mourn the murder of Londyn Samuels. The one-year-old was shot and killed in the care of her baby sitter on Thursday night.
New Orleans police detectives are now looking for two persons of interest and community members once again are saying, enough is enough.
"Londyn was my world, she was my everything. She was my reason for getting up in the morning,” said Keion Reed, Londyn's father, addressing the media earlier in the day on Friday. The grieving young father showed up with family, friends and strangers to remember his little girl.
“God, we ask you to stop this murdering. Lord, stop this killing. Stop the crime, Lord,” said one pastor with St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.
The one-year-old's uncle stood by Reed’s side at Friday night’s community response to the tragic murder and thanked the community for all of its support.
“My first niece, hate to bury her. But the tragic that people do, there's nothing you can do,” said Londyn’s uncle.
Time can't be reversed to stop the tragedy that unfolded. The NOPD says around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the infant was with her 18-year-old baby sitter when shots rang out in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street in Central City. Police say two shots were fired and at least one bullet hit the teen and then struck Londyn who died from her injuries.
“Parents aren't suppose to bury their children and we have instances of that today,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressing the crowd.
Detectives have released surveillance images of what police are calling “two persons of interest" seen hanging out in the area before and after the deadly shooting.
On Friday, a SWAT roll was called to a home in the 2800 block of Lasalle Street, where the NOPD says three people were questioned and evidence seized connected to the case.
“I'm also from the hood, I grew up in the hood, but I made a change for the right,” said Necold Gutter. Born and raised in the neighborhood, Gutter and others asked those involved in crime and those watching from the sidelines to rise up and make it stop.
“My message to them is, open your eyes because eventually it can be your children. It can be you, and you'll want someone to stand up and say what they saw. Let them know we're not taking it no more,” added Gutter.
Police say Londyn's baby sitter is recovering in the hospital from her injuries.
Crimestoppers is offering up a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help solve this case. Call 504-822-1111 if you can help detectives.