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New Orleans Police are investigating their first murder of the year.

“He wasn’t my brother but he was like a brother to me,” neighbor Lonni Ventress said.

He’s talking about the 28-year old man neighbors knew at tony…. The man, family members found lifeless Tuesday inside his Gentilly home.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “When did you last see your son? Yesterday evening,” the victim’s mother replied.

His parents asked not to be identified, but spoke lovingly about their son who was a student at Delgado Community College, and waiter in the French Quarter.

Dreux“I still cannot believe it,” she said.

“He was a good dude, kind hearted and had a good spirit,”

New Orleans Police detectives are investigating the 28-year old’s death as the first murder of 2013.

It’s grim start for the new year, just hours after the NOPD announced slightly fewer murders in 2012 than 2011.

“It’s terrible but, we know we were in danger here,” the victim’s mother said.

The victim’s mother says there was no forced entry at the home; which suggests the person who fired a single gunshot to the victim’s head may have been someone he knew.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trotter asked, “Who would want to hurt him? Haters, haters,” Ventress replied.

“I don’t know someone I think that wanted to rob him, you know; that’s what I think,” his mother said. “They came here and they wanted to rob him.”

“I want justice for my boy; I want justice for my boy,” Ventress said.

Last year New Orleans Police investigated 193 murders; that’s six fewer than they had in 2011.