Community rallies around Linda Frickey’s grieving survivors as they seek more answers in her dragging death

Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 10:04 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2022 at 10:17 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The day before the family of 73-year-old Linda Frickey plans to go before the district attorney asking for more answers, community members rallied around them tonight.

They hope her death brings about meaningful change.

Fourteen days later, Sandra and Danielle Duffourc now have the strength to return to North Pierce Street and Bienville.

“It’s hard to think about the fact that everything she went through right here in this area,” said Danielle Duffourc.

“It’s unbelievable that this kind of thing happened to her. It makes us afraid to even be here tonight,” said Sandra Duffourc.

Police say four teens carjacked their sister and aunt. She was dragged around the corner, her arm severed, and a community traumatized by the violent, unnecessary death.

“I think we’re still just taking it one day at a time. It’s shocking and hard to even wrap my mind around it,” said Danielle.

“Somehow or another we have to do something about something,” said Jerry J. Henry Jr.

Flowers still mark Frickey’s memory, and as a church leader, Henry says it was important to bring the power of prayer where it’s needed most.

“I’m just not a pastor who stands behind the four walls, but I believe in community revitalization social upliftment… I imagine the community needs healing and the only healing that can take place and we can offer and bring to them is the power of prayer,” said Henry.

Those who heard the sirens joined hands with those who mourn a family member, who joined hands with church leaders.

“She loved the city. She loved the people of the city. And she would be grateful that everyone is here to support her. She was just a good, good person,” said Danielle.

As much as prayer and community may heal, the Duffourcs hope their aunt and sister will be the reason for change.

“We do really, you know, hope that her death will be meaningful… It’s hard to think about it in that grand of a scale, but it’s something that... people shouldn’t have to be afraid of when they leave their house and just go to work,” said Danielle.

The four teens face second-degree murder charges, but the Duffourcs plan to speak with the district attorney’s office tomorrow about enhancing those charges and trying them as adults.

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