Friends remember DJ murdered in Lower Garden District

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Donald Sheppard gave his first-born a big name and told him to live up to it.

"I gave the name Ahmad Rashad Sheppard," he says. "Ahmad means praiseworthy. Rashad means good conduct, good character and Sheppard means leader."

People gathered in the French Quarter Sunday to remember Ahmad Sheppard.

He lived a big life in his 33 years before his murder June 14th.

Sheppard played trumpet, was a DJ at a Bourbon Street club and made friends with so many in New Orleans after moving from Houston in 2006.

"It's almost cliché to say, he was really the kindest person you'd ever meet," says friend Robert Lind. "It's weird the way he actually went out because he had no enemies. No one disliked Ahmad."

New Orleans Police found Sheppard shot to death in his next-door-neighbor's apartment on Prytania Street. The front door had been broken in, the place ransacked.

The murder surprised neighbors in the Lower Garden District, where bicycle thefts are usually the biggest crime. Sheppard's friends have their theories about what happened.

"Wrong place, wrong time, bad choice of friends but we've all made that mistake once or twice," says Joe Spinelli.

The front door is still boarded up more than six weeks later and police have not made any arrests. Sheppard's friends believe they will soon.

Though his death brought so much pain, those who knew Sheppard can't help but smile when they think of him. His life, like his name, had so much meaning.

"All I hear is praise," says Donald Sheppard. "All I hear is people telling me about how good of a person he was and how he led them through some tough situations so he did that. He lived up to his name."

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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