In a press conference to begin a fund raising effort to build a memorial and mausoleum so 100 forgotten victims of Katrina can finally be given the respect and dignity of a decent burial, Orleans Parish Coronor Dr. Frank Minyard stated there are more bodies to be found in New Orleans. My transcript from part of the WGNO-TV 26 video report…
REPORTER PAUL MURPHY: They are the forgotten victims of Katrina. 100 bodies now warehoused in a nondescript building near downtown New Orleans. 70 have names, 30 have yet to be identified, none have been claimed by their families. Orleans Coroner Dr. Frank Minyard says there are more bodies yet to be discovered.
DR FRANK MINYARD: We have found 25 or 26 I believe remains since a year, in the past year, since last April. And so we know that this is going to keep happening because there are more people out there.
In a WWL video report Dr. Minyard stated…
And there’s houses that have not been touched.
In the WGNO report Ted George of the Katrina Memorial Corporation stated this…
We have these as a community, these dead, these remains that need to be put to rest in a dignified manner. And as long as that is undone we have in my view an open wound that still needs to be healed.
We are at Day 605 since Katrina and there are still homes untouched and more losses yet to occur. I never thought I’d see such a thing in America.
You can go HERE if you would like to contribute to the memorial.
UPDATE:HERE is a print version of the WGNO video content. There is no permalink for the WGNO video. At present it can be found by scrolling down through videos list to side of featured video on home page. It is titled: Katrina Memorial-Paul Murphy reporting 4/24/07.