NOPD steps in to make first day of school extra special for daughter of slain officer

NEW ORLEANS — Maisie McNeil’s first day of school at International School of Louisiana was a bittersweet moment for the first-grader: She had to start school without her father, fallen NOPD officer Marcus McNeil, but she had more than a dozen of her dad’s friends and fellow officers there to welcome her.

Photos from the NOPD Seventh District Facebook page show Seventh District officers lining up outside the school as Maisie, her mother and her sister Camille arrive Wednesday morning.

Marcus McNeil

Marcus “Milk Dud” McNeil was only 29 years old when he was gunned down while chasing a suspect in New Orleans East in October 2017. McNeil, a St. Augustine graduate who had been with NOPD since 2015, spent five years working as a children’s literacy coach for the Children’s Defense Fund before he joined the force.

Thirty-year-old Darren Bridges, a convicted felon, is accused of firing the shots that killed him. He was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in November 2017.

“We will never forget you, Milk Dud.”