Carole Jordan 
Member since Aug 12, 2009


Recent Comments

Re: “After Wendy

The photo of Wendy in the green Gustav shirt was taken by me in my home in Mississippi during the hurricane evacuation. It was the last time we got to visit with Wendy. My son, Nicholas has memorialized Wendy online and in the image with the artwork also in your article. We are still grieving our loss of her ebullient spirit.

I use to live on the corner of Bourbon and Barracks back in the late 80's and a murder occurred just across from my driveway gate on Barracks. In the early 80's I was held up at gun point on Dauphine between Barracks and Governor Nichols and I am alive today because the thief's Saturday night special misfired twice at point blank range in my back! (The third bullet was tested by the police and fired correctly). He was apprehended fairly quickly, but nearly got off due to the judge taking retirement. He was convicted, but, no doubt is out on the streets older and meaner by now. The personal robbery didn't stop me from living in the quarter, but, the random murder across the street from my living room where I was sitting changed the way I felt about living in New Orleans forever.

Justice is slow, and when it does come for Wendy, what will be the final outcome? Will these youths go free from a technicality or from a lesser sentence, or from an early parole? Will there be any chance of rehabilitation for young people who were acting in concert, had just committed another robbery up the street of a friend of Wendy's moments before they turned their gun on her?

Wendy was accompanied by an adult male friend when this happened. I was accompanied by an adult male friend when I was fired upon directly into my back! Wendy's friend up the street was a male, and I don't know if he was walking alone or with someone. However, I do know that the killers went for Wendy, and the attempted murder of myself, went for me, not my date!

I see no future for these young men who committed this act. Future in prison is horrid, and is not conducive to rehabilitation. And now, the lawyers appear to be trying to find another person, in spite of the fact that the parents of these boys turned their sons in for this crime. What will happen? Who knows? But, one thing is clear, justice for Wendy's death will not do anything to bring her back or improve the safety of the French Quarter.

The law enforcement department has records of all the murders and robberies perpetrated in New Orleans and where they occur and at what time. They should be able to build a model of the crime statistics and use that model to use their skills to adequately protect the citizenry at the times that crimes are being committed and in the areas where the model will illustrate that these acts are occurring!

I lived in the French Quarter from 1983 until 1989. I road my bicycle most nights all over the area, including down to Poland, out to Canal Blvd, out to River Bend and all over the downtown area. A lot of this riding was done in the early hours of the mornings. It was usually two or three of us, and we road the streets for the quiet and the emptiness of the streets. I never experienced anything scary on my bike, but, on foot, with a date, I nearly died.

I don't have any answers, but, I do still feel the loss our friend. Wendy Byrnes, Rest in Peace.

Carole Jordan, Laurel, MS

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Carole Jordan on 08/12/2009 at 8:38 PM

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.

© 2018 Gambit
Powered by Foundation