Deaths like Algiers father’s ‘rob us of hope,’ prison re-entry advocate says


Daniel Tapia said he just stared when he got news Tuesday (April 16) that one of his clients was shot dead outside his Algiers apartment.

In Tapia’s line of work, coordinating a prison re-entry program in New Orleans, he’s encountered clients who have shown red flags. Jamonta Johnson wasn’t one of them. NOPD spokesman Aaron Looney said there’s no new information to release about the investigation. Those close to Johnson said they are bewildered about who and why someone would kill him. “He was absolutely a positively perfect example, from the day he stepped back on the street. Never stopped doing the right thing,” Tapia said. “And he just got shot down like a dog in front of his house.” New Orleans police responding to a shooting after midnight on Tuesday found a 30-year-old man who had been shot more than once lying outside his doorway in the 3100 block of Rue Parc Fontaine, the department said. An ambulance took him to a hospital, where he died.

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