TikTok star Brandon ‘Boogie B’ Montrell was killed by a stray bullet on Friday while shopping for Christmas with his grandmother, his heartbroken mum has revealed – as she railed against the leaders of the Democratic-run city.
Montrell’s mother confirmed on Saturday that the 43-year-old social media personality and comedian was the man killed while sitting in a car parked in Rouses grocery store in the Warehouse District around 4.07pm the previous afternoon .
The devastated mother blasted crime in Louisiana’s most populous city – and the leaders who need to “do their job”.
“My son wasn’t just the victim of a stray bullet,” Sherilyn Price said in a statement obtained by PKB 8 on Saturday.
“He is the victim of decades of neglect that have left the youth of New Orleans without hope for the future and without real fear of the consequences,” continued the devastated mother.
“It is high time for leaders in our city and beyond to do their job. It doesn’t matter who is the president, who is the governor and who is the mayor. Leaders create opportunities, including the ability to live in peace without fear of random violence. »
New Orleans Police Department did not officially reveal the identity of the victim but confirmed that he was not the intended target.
The victim was a bystander caught in the crossfire, the department said.
New Orleans Councilman Oliver Thomas, a Democrat, echoed Price’s call for action to make the city a safer place.
“Another of ours was kidnapped for no reason. We keep wondering when will this end while looking for solutions for change. Grieving has become a way of life here, but have we really become desensitized to violence and destruction? he said on Instagram.
New Orleans, known for its nightlife and live music scene, had the highest homicide rate of any major US city in the first half of this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the data. of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
The city had about 41 homicides per 100,000 residents.
The city’s Democratic mayor, Latoya Cantrell, is currently facing a recall effort over rising crime. Petitioners have until February 22, 2023 to collect 53,343 valid signatures to put the recall election on the ballot.
It was unclear on Saturday how many people had signed the offer.
Montrell was popular on TikTok and other social media platforms for his comedy series “Hood History” in which he shared insightful stories about the city’s lesser-known but colorful past – much of which focused on Black American tales. .
He had over 226,000 followers on TikTok and over 109,000 followers on Instagram.
Montrell posted a “Hood History” video about Fred C. Parker, “Black Santa” of New Orleans, just hours before he was killed.
The comedian was born in New Orleans but lived in Los Angeles to further his entertainment career, a cousin told PKB 8.
Montrell had returned to Louisiana to spend the holidays with his mother and grandmother.
He was waiting for his grandmother to collect Christmas groceries from inside the store when he was killed, his family’s lawyer said.
He reportedly planned to attend a friend’s comedy show at a nearby hotel later that night.
Fans and friends are already mourning the loss of the funny man.
“You will be greatly missed my beloved brother. Thanks for the good memories. I couldn’t wait to see us hit the road and see our dreams come true,” Ron G., a fellow comedian, commented on Montrell’s latest post.
“From one historian to another; you exist beyond your existence in the legacy you left, in the lessons you left, and in the thousands of lives you touched,” said fan and New Orleans resident Rubia Garcia.
The two suspects who allegedly killed Montrell in the shooting are still at large. Police shared surveillance images of two people they believe to be involved.
Police have named Dyamonique Smith as a person of interest and believe she has information vital to the investigation, although she is not wanted on criminal charges, WDSU 6 reported.