Family wants justice in Uptown murder and shooting

Family wants justice in Uptown murder and shooting

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - People who live in the Uptown neighborhood were taken aback when they heard the noise of gunshots around 1 a.m.

"I'm not sure how many. It could have been anywhere from five to 10, and I just heard a man screaming for the police to be called," says a neighbor.

Investigators say two women, both 43-years-old, were sitting in a car in the 5100 block of S. Robertson, when a man walked up to the vehicle with a gun and started shooting.

Both women were hit.

One woman was rushed to the hospital.

The other woman, Trenice Sam, died from her injuries.

"Trenice was a good-hearted person. She was very giving," says her mother, Regina Sam.

The victim's mother says Trenice had been living in Texas but traveled to New Orleans yesterday because her daughter was about to have a baby.

Joseph Sam Jr. remembers the last conversation he had with Trenice.

"I talked to my daughter yesterday around noon. I asked her if she was dong alright. She said, yeah dad, I'm alright," says Sam Jr.

The Sam family has experienced more tragedy than most.

In 2010, someone shot and killed Trenice's nephew on the west bank just steps away from his home.

Trenice's sister, Tiesha Nix, was gunned down in the parking lot of an apartment complex in New Orleans East in 2012.

Family members say it was part of an ongoing domestic dispute.

Still, Sam says no one's been convicted for any of the murders.

"The sucker that killed by grandson is still out there. It's been five years. I ain't got no justice. It's going on three years with my baby girl's murder and I haven't got no justice on that," says Regina Sam.

Now, she's dealing with the loss of another daughter.

"I'm just sick and tired of these demons out here doing what they want to do and getting away with it," says Sam.

Regina Sam is hoping justice will come soon.

We're told, just after the shooting this morning, some of the neighbors jumped in and tried to give Trenice CPR, but it was too late.

Her family wants to thank those neighbors for trying to help.

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