TikTok star Brandon “Boogie B” Montrell was shot and killed by a stray bullet Friday whereas Christmas buying along with his grandmother, his heartbroken mother revealed — as she railed in opposition to the leaders of the Democrat-run metropolis.
Montrell’s mom confirmed Saturday that the 43-year-old social media character and comic was the person killed whereas sitting in a automotive parked in the Rouses grocery retailer in the Warehouse District round 4:07 p.m. the afternoon earlier than.
The devastated mother blasted crime in Louisiana’s most populated metropolis — and the leaders who have to “do their jobs.”
“My son was not just the victim of a stray bullet,” Sherilyn Price stated in a Saturday assertion obtained by Fox 8.
“He’s the victim of decades of neglect that have left New Orleans’ youth with no hope for a future and with no real fear of consequences,” the devastated mother continued.
“It’s past time for leaders in our city and all over to do their jobs. It matters who the president is, who the governor is, and who the mayor is. Leaders create opportunities – including the opportunity to live in peace without fear of random violence.”
New Orleans Police Department has not formally launched the sufferer’s identification however confirmed he was not the meant goal.
The sufferer was a bystander caught in the crossfire, the division stated.
New Orleans Councilmember Oliver Thomas, a Democrat, echoed Price’s plea for motion to make the town a safer place.
“Another one of our own was taken senselessly. We continue to ask when will it end while seeking solutions for change. Mourning has become a way of life here, but have we truly become numb to violence and destruction?” he said on Instagram.
New Orleans, recognized for its nightlife and dwell music scene, had the best murder rate of any main US metropolis for the primary half of this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of information from the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
The metropolis tallied about 41 homicides per 100,000 residents.
The metropolis’s Democrat mayor, Latoya Cantrell, is currently facing a recall effort over surging crime. Petitioners have till February 22, 2023, to gather 53,343 legitimate signatures in order to place the recall election on the poll.
It was unclear Saturday how many individuals have signed the bid.
Montrell was fashionable on TikTok and different social media platforms for his humorous “Hood History” collection in which he shared sharp-witted tales concerning the metropolis’s lesser-known, however colourful previous — a lot of which centered on black American tales.
Montrell posted a “Hood History” video on Fred C. Parker, New Orleans’ “Black Santa,” simply hours earlier than he was killed.
The comic was born in New Orleans however had been dwelling in Los Angeles to advance his leisure career, a cousin advised Fox 8.
Montrell had returned to Louisiana to spend the vacation along with his mom and grandmother.
He was ready for his grandmother to gather Christmas groceries inside the shop when he was killed, his household’s lawyer stated.
He had reportedly been planning to attend a pal’s comedy present at a close-by resort later that evening.
Fans and friends are already grieving the funny man’s loss.
“You will be thoroughly missed my beloved brother. Thank you for the great memories. I was looking forward to us going on road and watching our dreams come true,” Ron G., a fellow comedian, commented on Montrell’s last post.
“From one historian to another; you exist beyond your existence in the legacy you have left behind, in the lessons you have left, and the thousands of lives you have touched,” fan and New Orleans resident Rubia Garcia said.
The two suspects believed to have killed Montrell in the shootout are still on the lam. Police shared surveillance images of two folks they consider are concerned.
Police have named Dyamonique Smith as an individual of curiosity and consider she has very important data to the investigation, although she shouldn’t be needed on legal costs, WDSU 6 reported.