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jeremy galmonAt New Orleans City Hall Monday, politicians, cops and clergy called for cowardly gunmen and neighbors in-the-know to step up and come forward with information on who killed a two-year-old in Central City.

Jeremy Galmon, was the toddler hit with a stray bullet Sunday as he sat in a car with his family. According to police, unidentified men engaged in a gunfight at 1st Street and Dryades in Central City. The man chased and shot at one car, but the flying bullets entered another: the vehicle where little Jeremy sat. Those involved in the shoot-out took off and couldn’t be caught in another tale from the streets of the nation’s murder capital.

If you have information on the murder, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. The reward for help in finding Jeremy’s killer has been bumped from $2,500 to $5,000.

Jeremy’s family needs help paying for a funeral, and the city has set up a fund at Liberty Bank and Trust. Donations can be made at New Orleans and Baton Rouge branches or over the phone at 240-5288.

jeremy galmon shootingToday, 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.

Friends and relatives of Jeremy Galmon are still trying to cope with his loss. Two year old Galmon was shot to death Sunday in Central City.

One by one, they stopped to drop off stuffed animals and mementos at a make-shift memorial for little Jeremy. Some are relatives, some never met the child, but they all feel strongly that this violence can’t continue.

Kenneth Valerie says, “Just a sad thing, really a sad thing in New Orleans on a beautiful day like it was yesterday and everybody having fun, but you’ve got people doing things that shouldn’t have happened.”

Detectives spent the day talking to residents , looking for leads while cops handed out Crimestoppers fliers. But it’s little consolation to Jeremy’s great-grandmother who is devastated.

Clementine Williams says, “I’m really hurt, I just don’t understand how something like this could just happen. What reason? Why? He’s a baby, if somebody is beefin, beef with them, why are you going to just take an innocent baby?”

And when cops do find the killer, this is what Williams would like to see happen.

“Find them and torture them, that’s what I want. I want them to feel my pain” Williams says.

jeremy galmon shooting1A gunman shot at a moving car and killed a 2-year-old boy in a parked car shortly after a midafternoon foot parade had passed by, New Orleans police said.

Investigators said Jerremy Galmon was shot in the face. He died Sunday at a hospital, according to Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman.

The shooting was on a Central City block that the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association’s second-line parade had just passed.

“It was about two blocks away from the second line – there were plenty of police in the area almost immediately after the shooting,” Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.

Investigators found a gun and were investigating whether it was the one that killed Galmon, Flot said.

Alison McCrary, who volunteers with the Louisiana Justice Institute for second-line parades, said she heard eight gunshots.

Flot said witnesses told investigators the gunman got out of a dark blue four-door vehicle, possibly an older model Impala, and got back in after the shooting. Officers saw and chased the car, but it got away on Interstate 10, Serpas said.

Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged people to report anything they know about the shooting.

“The criminal justice system will not work if people don’t come forward,” Landrieu said.

Serpas said, “Somebody knows what happened; somebody’s child knows what happened.”