Investigation into killings of Gentilly mom, 2 sons ongoing as 4th victim recovers

Investigation into killings of Gentilly mom, 2 sons ongoing as 4th victim recovers

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department has yet to name a suspect or provide a motive for the violent murder of a mother and her two children in their Gentilly home Friday.

Monday night, friends and family members of Monique Smith, 30, and her two children, 6-year-old Jamyrin Smith and 10-year-old Justin Simms, gathered outside the family's home for a prayer vigil.

"It's just something that hurts really deep, and you can't understand why it's happened or anything," Diamond Armwood said. "It's hard to blame somebody because you don't understand why anyone would do that."

Armwood is Monique Smith's stepdaughter and Jamyrin and Justin's sister.

"I have no idea who would do something like that. How could you be human and do something like that?," Armwood said. "Boys 6 and 10 years old, they don't deserve to be killed. I just can't wrap my head around it."
New Orleans police say the investigation into the murders is ongoing.

The other victim in this case, Monique Smith's 12-year-old daughter, who was also shot, is expected to recover, according to Armwood.

"I haven't visited her yet, but she is doing better," Armwood said.

As the girl's recovery continues, family and friends hope to find answers.

"It's important for us to do outreach and just display love and show that we care in the community," New Hope Baptist Church said the Rev Jamaal Weathersby of New Hope Baptist Church. "That is just what we are going to continue to do. We are going to continue to fight evil with good."

Crimestoppers is offering $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest. Contact the organization at (504) 822-1111.

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