A TEENAGER was killed last week after she was hit by a stray bullet while with her late mother’s family at a Carnival parade in New Orleans.
Heaven Nettles, 15, was with her relatives at an oyster stand on Saturday when a man began shooting at another person, her father said.
A stray bullet struck and killed the teenager along with two other men.
Her father Jamal Briscoe said: ‘She doesn’t know anyone out there – she’s not affiliated with anyone out there. Heaven visited from Houston, Texas.
“Is it worth it? What [the shooter] is after – is it also the job that took my child’s life? “
New Orleans Police are entering their third day of searching for suspects in the shootings that killed Donald Roberts Jr, 39, and Marvin Pepp, 56.
The motive behind the shooting is unknown, but police have confirmed that Heaven was not the intended target.
According to Briscoe, Heaven’s mother passed away three years ago and he wanted his daughter to meet his maternal relatives for this year’s Carnival after the 2021 parade season was cancelled.
The family traveled from Houston to attend New Orleans’s The Most Talked Of Club Parade on the west coast, where Briscoe grew up before moving to Texas.
The plan was to visit the parade on Saturday morning before heading to Endymion in the evening.
God gave her aunt and some brothers and sisters in the group when she went to buy oysters from a believer. Suddenly, gunfire broke out.
“Paradise… is beginning to recede,” said Briscoe. “And her body just fell down.”
According to authorities, the teenager who was taken to the hospital died Sunday. Roberts and Pepp were pronounced dead at the scene.
Briscoe said his daughter spent the last few months of her life trying to beat her twin brother’s GPA in school. She is one of 11 children and often helps her father take care of the younger siblings.
Briscoe added that Heaven spent little of her spare time watching cartoons.
Teenagers raised in Los Angeles but has been spending more time living in Houston recently and has been in New Orleans a lot during her founding years.
She went to the “We Help Us” camp, where she learned about black history, financial literacy, science, and math. Heaven hopes to work in early childhood development education as her mother, Temica, did.
Briscoe begged the police to keep searching for her daughter’s killer, and urged city leaders not to let her murder go unnoticed.
“This is a child – a child – who does not deserve it,” Briscoe said.
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