Suspect Identified In French Quarter DJ Murder

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New Orleans Police say DNA evidence has helped to identify a suspect in the murder a popular Bourbon Street DJ.

Ahmad Sheppard’s body was found this summer inside a neighbor’s home in the Lower Garden District.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details about the man police are now calling one of two suspected gunmen.

“I’m very confident they will apprehend this guy they need to because that was just a senseless crime,” Sheppard’s friend Ray Dunn said.

It has been nearly three months since homicide detectives scoured the home in the 2000 block of Prytania Street.

It’s where 33-year old Ahmad Sheppard was found bound and gagged.

He’d been fatally shot in the head inside his neighbor’s apartment.

News of Sheppard’s death sent shock waves throughout the French Quarter, where he worked as a DJ.

The Three-Legged Dog was Sheppard’s favorite place to unwind and have drinks with friends.

“He was just a very sweet person who was always kind to everybody he met,” Sheppard’s friend Caddye Weesner said. “If you were bummed out he’d be nice to you; try to bring your spirits up.”

Word is spreading now through his circle of friends, that New Orleans Police have identified 25-year old Travis Cochran as one of two suspected gunmen.

“I’ve trolled Facebook and everybody’s like, they finally actually identified the guy now they just need to catch him,” Dunn said.

Investigators say NOPD Crime Lab technicians and State Police used DNA evidence to help identify Cochran.

Caddye Weesner doesn’t recognize the man police have fingered; but she hopes someone else does.

“That is definitely a face I’ll remember if I do see it,”  Weesner said.

“We’re all rooting for the police department to catch this guy, put him behind bars because that’s exactly where he needs to be,”  Dunn said.

Detectives are still working to identify the second suspect, who investigators say helped tie Sheppard up, before

pistol-whipping him and shooting him.

Anyone with information into Cochran’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.