With few tips, family of slain Tulane grad pleads for answers

Family of slain Tulane Grad pleads for answers

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's been a month since someone shot and killed Thomas Rolfes, the Tulane grad who left but returned to the city to plan his wedding. There has been no arrest and few tips.

"Tom Rolfes was my best friend, my true love and my whole world," said his fiancee, Liz Fried.

"I really want this person to be found. I want to save every other mother from this heartache," Julie Rolfes said.

"He loved this city. This is the place where we met, where we fell in love," Fried said.

Rolfes arrived in New Orleans on May 7 and met some friends at Ms. Mae's Bar on Magazine Street. Ian Corcoran was there to greet his old college friend.

"You know, we were doing what you do when old friends get together. We told stories, caught up, and reflected on all the great times we had together," Corcoran said.

Police said it's unclear if Rofles left in a car or walked from Magazine Street, but he ended up at Delta Fuel gas station and convenience store near Central City. Surveillance video shows Rolfes buying two bottles of water there.

An hour later, someone found his body just two blocks away at Amelia and South Claiborne. He has been shot once in the chest.

"I lie awake every night wondering how he spent the last hours of his life. Was he scared? Did he suffer? Why did this have to happen to such an incredible human being?" Fried said.

"All of those things really weigh on your heart. It's just incredible sadness, like a piece of your heart is gone," Julie Rolfes said.

Rolfes' mother said her son found himself in New Orleans years ago at Tulane University, and he wanted nothing more than to be married here.

"He loved the city more than maybe his mother, who was nervous for such a young boy coming to New Orleans, but he absolutely loved this city," she said.

Surrounded by his friends, his mother and Fried made a plea to the public for help in finding the person or persons responsible for taking the 25-year-old's life.

"If you know anything, no matter how small, please call homicide or Crimestoppers," said Fried.

There's a $30,000 reward in this case. If you know anything, you're urged to call (504) 822-1111.

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