NEW ORLEANS – Less than 24 hours after Londyn Samuels died after being shot at a Central City corner, the grief and outrage is still spreading through the community.
Samuels’ mother Andrea, a graduate of Café Reconcile’s culinary arts program and now a staffer at the restaurant, was with her family from the restaurant, and they gathered to support her, as community leaders condemned the violence and demanded changed.
“As of last night at 8:30,” said Barbara Lacen-Keller, a community activist in the City of New Orleans, “the war is on. We’re going to fight for some stiffer, stiffer laws. This gun stuff has got to stop. ”
“We’ve got to continue to stand together and stand firm and not accept this,” said Glenn Armantrout, of Café Reconile.
Keion Reed, Londyn’s father, asked for the community’s help to catch the suspects. “I really appreciate all the support from everybody, but it is sad to say that it took for this to happen, for the community and everybody else speaking up. So I beg you all. If you know anything, to please call Crimestoppers or the police or whoever.”
"She was my world, she was everything, she was my reason for getting up in the morning," Reed said.
“You are not alone,” Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told Londyn’s mother. “This is not a show; this is real, this is life, and we’re living it together. But this has to stop. We’re all impacted.”
Londyn’s family will hold a vigil Friday evening at the site – the corner of South Saratoga Street and Washington – where she was killed. People are asked to bring teddy bears.