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New Orleans Police have arrested a second suspect in the shooting death of one year old Londyn Samuels.

19-year old Darnell Ramee was tracked last night to a home in the 2900 block of Paris Avenue.

Ramee is believed to be the gunman in last Thursday’s shooting of Samuels.

His 18-year old babysitter was wounded but survived.

Wednesday officers arrested the alleged co-perpetrator in the case.

Ramee has been charged with First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder.

Tonight the NOPD helps bring justice to the families of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels and 11-year-old Arabian Gayles.

Keelen Armstrong

Police Chief Ronal Serpas says 24-year-old Keelen Armstrong, pictured at left, now faces first degree murder charges among others for the shooting death of Samuels who was in her babysitters arms last week as shots rang out on South Saratoga in Central City. Police believe he was not alone.

“We believe that there is at least one other individual responsible for the shootings,” a says NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas, “And we urge him to turn himself in.”

As for Monday’s shooting that claimed the life of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles on General Ogden in West Carrollton, police have names 33-year-old Keith Ward as a person of interest saying they believe he was at the scene as gunmen shot into Arabian’s home.

Chief Serpas says he hopes certain people who know something must call in and step up.

“Unfortunately we wonder how it is very specific people in this community, not the community at large, but we wonder how it is some of these people went to sleep at night knowing how this baby died,” says Supt. Serpas.

“She was my everything.  She was my reason for getting up in the morning,” Keion Reed told a crowd at Cafe Reconcile in Central City.

Reed was talking about his daughter, one-year-old Londyn Samuels, who was shot — along with her babysitter — the night before.  The attack happened in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street.

Little Londyn died at the hospital.  At last word, her babysitter, identified by neighbors as 18-year-old Victoria Thomas, was in stable condition.

Cafe Reconcile is a familiar place to Londyn’s mother, Andrea Samuels.  She graduated from the culinary program and continues to work at the popular restaurant that provided tasty meals and puts young people on the path to success.

Andrea Samuels did not speak during the media event.  But the CEO of the restaurant, Glen Armentrout, did and fought back tears as he held up a photo of Londyn for everyone to see.

“Burn this in your memories,” Armentrout said.  “Don’t ever forget this.  She’s one of ours.”

A memorial fund has been set up to help Londyn’s family deal with her murder.  A donation can be made in her name at any Capital One bank or at Cafe Reconcile.

Anyone who could help police find the little girl’s killers is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.  There is a $5,000 reward in the case.

The search is on for whoever is responsible for shooting and killing 13-month-old Londyn Samuels and wounding 18-year-old Victoria Thomas Thursday night on South Saratoga Street in Central City.

The swat team spent about eight hours outside a house in the area, but the people inside eventually came out without a problem and New Orleans Police have not released their connection to the shooting.

“When a baby like this gets killed we have to all stand up and say that this is not a tolerable situation and we’re gonna bring it to a halt no matter what it is that we have to do,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said during a Friday afternoon news conference.

“We’d ask the people of New Orleans who know something about this to ask yourself, ‘What kind of a man would shoot at a woman holding a child?’ ” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “That’s not the kind of person you want to protect and keep information from law enforcement about.”

New Orleans Police have released surveillance stills from near the scene of the shooting. They’re not much, but it’s all the NOPD has to go on as of Friday afternoon.

If you have any information you’re asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Londyn Samuels’s mother, Andrea Samuels, attended the news conference at Cafe Reconcile, but did not speak.  She is seen wearing a green shirt next to Latoya Cantrell in the video.

The baby’s father, Keion Reed, did speak.  So did Cafe Reconcile CEO Glen Armentrout.

There will be a memorial event at the scene of the attack tonight at 6:00. People are encouraged to bring a teddy bear.

There is also a memorial fund set up to help the family:

Londyn Samuels Memorial Fund

c/o Capital One Bank

313 Carondelet Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Donations can be made at any Capital One branch or Cafe Reconcile.

News
08/29/13

13-Month-Old Girl Killed in Central City Shooting

Londyn SamuelsNew Orleans Police Department is investigating a double shooting that left 13-month-old Londyn Samuels dead and an 18-year-old woman in critical condition. Police say the incident occurred near Washington Ave. and S. Saratoga St.  on Thursday  around 8:20 p.m.

Family on the scene tells WGNO  the 18-year-old victim is Victoria Thomas. Police say Thomas was walking with the baby down S. Saratoga when shots rang out. Thomas made it to a nearby home after being shot.

If you have any information on this incident please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.
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