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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rafael Delgadillo vigil set for tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Rafael Delgadillo
  • Rafael Delgadillo
There will be a vigil this evening for Rafael Delgadillo, the local man who was shot early Sunday morning in Mid-City. Delgadillo, who was active in the groups Puentes New Orleans and Evacuteer, was driving on Toulouse Street between N. St. Patrick and N. Olympia around 2 a.m. when two men approached his car at a stop sign. Apparently sensing danger, Delgadillo hit the gas. One of the men fired a gun at the vehicle, striking Delgadillo in the head. Since then, Delgadillo has been in intensive care, and family and friends report he has lost his sight.

The vigil this evening has been organized by Puentes and will be held on the Cabrini Bridge (1400 Moss St.) overlooking Bayou St. John:

Puentes will hold a vigil on Cabrini Bridge over Bayou St. John at 6 pm. Please join us as we come together to reflect and pray for a full recovery. We will have a recorder on hand so Rafael can hear uplifting stories and comments from those who are present. Feel free to bring a poem, quote, song, or just a few words to encourage him during his recovery.

Delgadillo's family has also posted a note on his Facebook page:

Our family want Thank everyone for all the prayers, thoughts and positive energy. I just finished reading all of the messages to Rafael and every time i would stop he would tell just keep reading them until i fall asleep. As he was listening with his eyes closed he had a smile on his face and just kept saying WOW. Thank you so much for the support, he is definitely feeling all the LOVE!

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any leads in this case; call 504-822-1111.

Below the jump: the official police report and descriptions of the suspects.

NOPD Third District Investigative Unit Seeks Shooting Suspects

New Orleans-The New Orleans Police Department’s Third District Investigative Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in locating and identifying two unknown African-American men wanted in connection with the shooting of a 28-year-old local male. The offense occurred shortly before 2:00 A.M., near the intersection of North Olympia and Toulouse Streets.

Detectives reported that the victim stopped at the stop sign at the intersection when he observed the suspects approach his vehicle. The victim sped off and one of the suspects fired at the victim, striking him in the head. The victim continued driving a short distance and subsequently hit a nearby house as a result of his injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition.

Suspect #1 is described as an African-American male approximately 5’7″, wearing a green shirt.

Suspect #2 is described as an African-American male approximately 6’0″, wearing a maroon shirt.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111, toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867). You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.

The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. The police force, which currently employs 1,735 dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit


Name: Officer Shereese Harper
Email address:
Cell phone #: 504-312-1953

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