"Every homicide in New Orleans tears away at the fabric of our community — the murder of Curtis Matthews on Saturday night no less than others. While it is tempting for the media to opine on the motive behind this murder, it is irresponsible for me or anyone else to make any such assumptions at this time." — District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Oct. 17, reacting to the slaying of a man whose brother was one of the witnesses who helped convict Telly Hankton, whom the New Orleans Police Department had called the city's most dangerous criminal.
"We're gonna win this battle and I'm sending a message loud and clear to Telly Hankton and his family and anybody else who is associated to this: We're coming to get you, and we're gonna find a way." — Mayor Mitch Landrieu, two days later, opining pretty clearly on the motive behind Curtis Matthews' murder. D.A. Leon Cannizzaro and New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas also were there. A warrant was issued for Walter Porter Oct 20. He surrendered the next morning.