New Orleans is a beautiful city, but one with a major, unmentionable problem. As the city of New Orleans own official data shows, almost all non-fatal shootings and homicides have a black suspect.
Remember this when you read about 36-year-old Julie Couvillon, a white nurse was murdered on Bourbon Street in New Orleans by a black male with an extensive violent criminal history dating back twenty years. [Nurse killed in Bourbon Street shooting ‘dedicated her life to caring for others’, NOLA.com, 2-24019]:
The woman fatally shot along Bourbon Street early Sunday (Feb. 24) has been identified by colleagues and family as local nurse Julie Couvillon.
The 36-year-old mother, who worked at Ochsner Health System for 13 years, was walking in the 400 block of Bourbon Street around 3 a.m. when a man who was being removed from Willie’s Chicken Shack took a security guard’s gun and started firing. Two others — the security guard and the man accused of firing the shots — were also hit by bullets. A third man was also injured in connection with the shooting, but police said his injuries were not from gunfire.
Police arrested Louis M. Barnes, 37, on second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges.
A statement from Ochsner Health System confirmed Couvillon’s role as a long-time employee and extended condolences to her friends and family.
“We are terribly shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague,” the statement said. “Julie was a beloved nurse who dedicated her life to caring for others. This is a devastating loss to the nurses, employees, physicians and staff across our system. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and the families of the other victims. We ask for respect and privacy for all of the families and others involved during this difficult time.”
Friends of Couvillon shared messages Sunday on social media to remember her and express condolences.
A statement from Willie’s Chicken Shack extended condolences to the victims and their families. A company spokeswoman said the security guard is employed by Elite Protection Solutions.
“We take extra measures in hiring our own security detail to make sure our patrons and staff are safe at all times,” the statement said. “This tragedy during the Mardi Gras season should serve as a message that our community needs to be as diligent as ever to combat crime in the French Quarter.”
Louis M. Barnes is the poster child for why Donald J. Trump’s First Step Act is pure evil. No one wants criminal justice reform, save those activists who want black men out of jail to engage in the type of actions resulting in the end of the life of Julie Couvillon,
The city of New Orleans has i nstituted a $40 million crime center to combat crime, which the ACLU has attacked because it disproportionately impacts blacks.
But this new initiative didn’t do enough to keep Julie Couvillon alive.
Rest in peace.