(Dr. Paul Gailiunas and Helen Hill… TP photo)
There were 6 murders in less than 24 hours in NOLA. But one of the latest has shaken the city…
On Thursday, shortly before 6 a.m., police responded to reports of a shooting at a shotgun double on the corner of North Rampart and Spain streets in the Marigny neighborhood. Just inside the front door, Gailiunas was found on his knees, holding his toddler son and bleeding from gunshot wounds to his hand, forearm and cheek, police said.
Inside, his 36-year-old wife lay dead with a gunshot wound to the neck.
The victim was Helen Hill, an animator and filmmaker. Her husband, Dr Paul Gailiunas and her son survived. Dr. Gailiunas worked with the poor and the couple were activists committed to rebuilding New Orleans.
Several NOLA bloggers knew this couple.Just go read Editor B who was friends with them. It’s heartbreaking.
Loki who also knew the couple writes…
Why is it that after 40 years of living with everything from our infamous murder rate to the aftermath of the Federal Flood I am so completely disheartened?
And Oyster writes…
Granted, I understand it’s not all the mayor’s fault or the police chief’s fault or the NOPD’s fault. However, one thing I do know is this, and it’s a lead pipe cinch: until our leaders recognize the depth of the crime problem in this city, and honestly face it rather than cover it up with sham statistics and bullshit national comparisons, there is absolutely no chance for sustained improvement.
Last spring, Nagin and Riley began downplaying and covering up the rising crime problem in New Orleans so they could keep their jobs. They have been in “damage control” and “spin cycle” mode ever since. The people of New Orleans deserve “reality-based” leaders at the local level, just as Americans deserve “reality-based” leaders at the national level.
Crime was a terrible problem before Katrina but there is as Loki says a Lord of the Flies scenario becoming entrenched in the city. My friend with whom I stay when in NOLA (in that Marigny neighborhood less than 2 blocks from where Helen Hill was killed) has described the city as becoming Deadwood. And that was before this murder.
Now I see that another woman has been murdered in her home in Uptown. I have no idea what the solution is but what is happening is horrible and terribly sad.—–