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15-year-old murder victim's father speaks out


A 15-year-old was shot dead in Gentilly while celebrating his brother's high school graduation. Seven other people were also injured in the shooting.

Friday night, 15-year-old Tremaine Robertson was happily celebrating the graduation of his older brother, JeShan, from George Washington Carver High School. Family and friends were gathered at a home in the 6200 block of Eads Street around 11:00, when someone opened fire. Tremaine's father, Jermaine, explains, "They had a girl under the car, they had a girl over there, they had another person over there, I mean, stuff scattered around, look like two more people in the back."

Eight people were hit by bullets, including Tremaine. "When I saw my son, I saw his pants, and I was trying to get to him but he wasn't moving," Jermaine Robertson said.

"It hurts, that's my son, you know, I don't understand," said Robertson.

The teen later died at the hospital. Residents say this type of violence is uncharacteristic for this Gentilly neighborhood.

Trina Jackson says, "It's very heartbreaking. The neighbors are like family in this block."

Tremaine Robertson lived in Texas with his parents. They'd driven in for the weekend to celebrate with his brother JeShan. Jermaine Robertson says the family used to live in New Orleans, but left because he didn't want his kids exposed to the violence he knew growing up here. He never imagined that a trip back would end so tragically, claiming the life of his son.

"Every time we lose somebody, if they 15, five, to these gunshots, you're making everybody hurting, the whole city hurt," Jermaine Robertson said.

Tremaine Robertson was an A, B student at his high school and had just secured his very first summer job, as a lifeguard. Instead of helping to keep others from harm, his family now plans his funeral.

NOPD detectives believe the shooting may have happened as a result of an argument that broke out during the graduation party. One of the other victims shot Friday night had surgery Saturday. The other six suffered non-life threatening injuries.

If you know anything about this shooting, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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