One Year Anniversary Of Slain Social Worker

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Loved ones of a slain Tulane University graduate and social worker are trying to generate new leads in a cold murder case.

They gathered Wednesday in Treme for a prayer vigil on the one year anniversary.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke to friends and family members. He has the latest on the investigation.

It’s has been a tough year for people close to Ashley Qualls.

They gathered on the neutral ground at Esplanade Avenue and North Roman Street to honor her memory.

“She was an idealist, she wanted to make the world a better place through social work. And so she died in service and we don’t want her to be forgotten,” Nadine Wu said.

The 25-year old was walking home from work last July, when New Orleans Police say she was robbed and shot to death by three men riding bicycles.

To this day, detectives have not been able to identify suspects.

“It’s just sad there’s a young woman whose life has been taken early, bright, talented, educated, caring about New Orleans, wants to do what’s best for the city and for the people for humanity and she’s been taken early and there’s no justice for her family and her friends,” Rochelle Gauthier said.

The Tulane graduate and social worker often wore high heels.

“I spoke to her a couple of times at the bus stop here walking this way,” neighbor LeRoy Hartley said.

A small but caring crowd returned to the Treme crime scene and held a candle-light vigil. It was an effort to breath new life into the case; and urge someone who knows something comes forward.

“Oh somebody in the neighborhood knows something, somebody knows something,” Hartley said.

“Whatever information they have even if they don’t think that it’s important or if it’s something small. They might have heard something. They might have seen something. But don’t think it’s important to just call Crimestoppers call somebody to just them know just in case it may be helpful in the investigation,” Gauthier said.

New Orleans Police detectives are actively working the case. They’re asking anyone with information that might help to call crimestoppers (504) 822-1111.


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