Family, Friends, and Musicians Raise Money for Victims of Holy Cross Shooting
“We just moved back home from Katrina, though we were coming to be with family, now we’re ready to run,” says Barbara Romain.
Barbara Romain is living a nightmare. Her daughter Alanna and her two young grandsons are in the hospital after a drive-by shooting unfolded outside their home on the 5400 block of Burgundy Street.
Alanna Romain was shot in the stomach. Her boys were shot in the head. It’s all too much for their grandfather, Wayne, to digest.
“I’ve got one that’s going to be blind. I’ve got another that’s got brain damage, for no reason,” says Wayne Romain, “We can’t even come to grips to tell this child that the bandages on his eyes, when they take them off, he’s still not going to be able to see.”
Wayne Romain says his daughter had just gotten home from work Sunday night and was about to head out to dinner with her kids when gunfire erupted.
Police say the intended target was 33-year-old Terrence McBride who was killed. Seven others were caught in the crossfire.
16-year-old Jasmine Anderson was also killed, and family say just today doctors realized Alanna’s 13-year-old daughter, Halanni, was shot in the knee.
Wednesday night family, friends, neighbors, and musicians joined forces at Bourbon Heat in the French Quarter. It’s the restaurant and bar where Alanna worked as a server. They’re raising money and showing support to a family that is unsure of their next move, but with a message for whoever shot their loved ones.
“You want to confront a man, be a man. Don’t bother those children,” says Barbara Romain.
“If it was my son, and my son did something like this, I would turn him in because that’s not the way I raised my kids,” says Wayne Romain.
If you’d like to make a donation to help the Romain family pay for medial expenses a benefit fund has been set up at Whitney Bank/ Hancock Bank under the name Alanna Romain.