NEW ORLEANS -- Police rushed to the Treme neighborhood around nine Monday morning, responding to reports of shots fired near the intersection of North Robertson and Governor Nicholls streets. That’s where they said a woman was found lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds.
She died a short time later at University Medical Center.
"When I walked up, I just saw her body and her bag and her shoe on the ground," said her longtime girlfriend Fredrika Lowe. "The police just told me to back up and they wouldn't tell me what was wrong with her."
Lowe identified the shooting victim as 24-year-old Erica Davis.
"That's my heart," Lowe said. "We've been together for seven years. We had plans. That's my everything. She's sweet. I don't understand how this could even happen to her."
Davis was gunned down just a few blocks from her home on Dumaine Street. She was walking to Esplanade Avenue to catch a bus to go to work. Her family said she worked at a Wendy's Restaurant in Metairie.
James Farrell who lives in the 1600 block of Gov. Nicholls said he heard the gunfire.
"Two shots, small caliber, sounded like a .22, maybe a glock, but it sounded like a .22, two shots right after each other about 9:15, 9:20," Farrell said.
Mayola Davis was one of the first people back on North Robertson once police cleared the crime scene. She wanted to know exactly where her granddaughter lost her life. She admits finding out who did it and why may take time.
"We're going to dearly miss her," Davis said. "She was just a young girl, 24 years old. We are going to dearly miss her. It's hurting right now."
Friends and family are now pleading for information that leads to Davis' killer.
"If you know anything or seen anything please just call and let them know," Lowe said. "Let the police know what's going on."
Police have released few details about the murder.
Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.