Loved ones mourn woman used as human shield

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Loved ones are planning a funeral for the woman they say was used as a human shield during a 7th ward shooting.

It happened Tuesday in the 2100 block of Law Street.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has the latest on the case and reaction from family members.

An eternal flame symbolizes the unwavering love for Kaiema Kennedy.

The 26-year old's life was cut short unexpectedly.

"This guy is still running free and we're hurting right now, we're missing the 6th member of our clan," the victim's brother Kareem Kennedy said.

Loved ones gathered on the porch where it all happened.

It was around 6 o'clock Tuesday when Kaiema was sitting with an acquaintance unknown to the family; and out of nowhere someone walked up  and opened fire.

"So I believe this individual who they were going after, he tried to seek refuge under my sister and basically used her as a human shield. When those bullets came, those bullets were really for him."

The woman being remembered as hardworking and loyal was struck multiple times.

She was rushed to the hospital but later died from her injuries.

"My sister a real friendly person, real open-hearted. She'd treat anybody with respect from a bum on the street to a professional. She'll treat that person with the same respect."

Crime scene investigators collected evidence and interviewed several witnesses.

Still the shooter and the intended target are nowhere to be found.

"Ultimately I want justice for my sister. I want the guy who did this to be arrested and charged because I believe that this is wrong. You don't take someone's life like that."

Police are actively working the case, if you have information that might help, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

The family has set up a memorial fund to help offset funeral expenses.

If you'd like to help, you can make a donation at any Chase Bank location under the name Kareem Kennedy, and account number 612-70-9910.