Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the establishment of a fund to support the burial services of Jeremy Galmon, the two-year old victim of a shooting that occurred on Sunday afternoon, September 26, following gunshots at First and Dryades Streets.
Those interested in support the Jeremy Galmon Beneficiary Fund can do so by making a contribution at any of the seven branches of Liberty Bank & Trust in New Orleans or at the three branches in Baton Rouge, or by telephone at 504-240-5288.
The announcement of the Jeremy Galmon Beneficiary Fund was made during a press conference at City Hall during which Mayor Landrieu welcomed the technical assistance of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, who will work hand-in-hand with the New Orleans Police Department in addressing the root causes and societal issues affecting the City’s homicide rate.
“We all know that the murder rate in our City is unnaturally high and can no longer be tolerated,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We must do whatever it takes to address this unacceptable situation, and I welcome the collaboration with the Department of Justice in this effort.”
The Department of Justice will offer the NOPD assistance in the actual conduct of homicide investigations, as well as addressing the types of homicides committed, related causes and strategies to confront the challenges faced by the NOPD and citizens alike in reducing the current levels of crime in the City.
In addition to experts from the Department of Justice, the Mayor was joined by Police Chief Ronal Serpas and other representatives of the law enforcement community, citizens engaged in various aspects of the criminal justice system, and representatives of the faith-based communities.
“We must also encourage local citizens to come forward with information that can lead to arrests,” added Mayor Landrieu. “The Criminal Justice system will not work without the cooperation of our local citizenry.”
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.