NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Crimestopppers pleaded with the public Friday, asking anyone with information about the murders of a pregnant woman, her boyfriend and their unborn child to come forward.
The president of Crimestoppers said due to the horrific nature of the murders, they're doubling their reward.
"To think that someone could take not only the adult lives, but to do this when they had an innocent baby involved, you know, it's just heartbreaking, really heartbreaking," said Darlene Cusanza.
Lionel Delpit III and his pregnant girlfriend, Breon Stewart, were gunned down Wednesday night in New Orleans East. Stewart was just a week away from delivering their baby boy, who would have been Lionel Delpit the IV. Delpit was a Mardi Gras Indian chief and the son of the well-known big chief of the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian Tribe.
Stewart was valedictorian of Carver High and was about to graduate with a nursing degree from Delgado. Now, both of their families are devastated. New Orleans police say they're getting tips, but they're asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers.
"We've gotten some tips with information, we've gotten names, we've gotten something about a possible vehicle, but, most importantly, anyone, particularly at the Christmas season, this just cannot be condoned, we just need people to come forward," said Cusanza.
Crimestoppers has doubled the reward from $2,500 to $5,000. They're hoping that larger reward will lead to swift justice for the victims and their families.
If you have any information that can help, call Crimestoppers. You can remain anonymous, and you don't have to testify to earn the reward.