Deborah, 'Big Red' Cotton, dies at 52

Deborah, 'Big Red' Cotton, dies at 52

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Deborah Cotton, seriously wounded in a shooting at a Mother's Day Second line in 2013, has died after a long battle with the after-effects from the damage done by the wounds she received that day.

Cotton was one of more than a dozen people shot in that incident near the intersection of Frenchmen and North Villere streets

Cotton underwent several surgeries for her injuries.

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Cotton told Fox 8 after the shooting that she was not angry at the men convicted of shooting her and others.

She even asked a judge to show them leniency.

Cotton said she felt sorry for them and that they've ruined their own lives.

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She moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2005 and evacuated to Texas just after Hurricane Katrina struck in August of that year, according to our partners at | The Times-Picayune.

After returning, she worked in communications and wrote for local publications, including our partners at | The Times-Picayune, under the pen name Big Red Cotton.

She covered second line parades and other local issued for Gambit.

Cotton was 52.

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