Family of slain Tulane grad pleads for new clues to his murder

Family of slain Tulane grad pleads for new clues to his murder

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The family of a Tulane graduate shot and killed during a trip to New Orleans joins Crimestoppers to appeal to the public to come forward with new information in the case.

Family and college friends gathered Tuesday outside the South Claiborne gas station where Thomas Rolfes was last seen alive. It's been one month since someone shot and killed Rolfes and still no one has been arrested.

His family is desperate for answers.

Rolfes flew to New Orleans ahead of his fiancé to find a venue for their upcoming wedding. Rolfes went out that night with some friends on Magazine Street at Ms. Mae's Bar.

Police don't know if he got into a car or walked from the bar, but he ended up near Central City at the Delta Fuel gas station. Surveillance cameras captured him buying two bottles of water and then leaving. About an hour later, his body was discovered just two blocks away and Amelia and South Claiborne.

"We had our future all planned out the rest of our lives together. The future is never going to happen.I stand here today to ask for your help the city of New Orleans. If you know anything, no matter how small, please call homicide or Crimestoppers. I lie awake every night wondering how he spent the last hour of his life. Was he scared? Did he suffer? Why did this have to happen to such an incredible human being," said Rolfes fiance' Liz Fried.

"If there's anyone out there that saw anything, even if it's the smallest of things, it will mean more than just death on the street. Please, please come forward thank you," said Rolfes mother Julie Rolfes.

There's a $30,000 reward in the case.

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