NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Family and friends gathered Thursday to comfort each other after the Wednesday night murders of a pregnant woman, her boyfriend and their unborn son.
Breon Stewart was just a week away from delivering the child who would have been Lionel Delpit IV, when the couple was gunned down in their car in the parking lot of a New Orleans East apartment complex.
"A loving, caring guy," said Keenan Lewis, the Saints player and brother-in-law of victim Lionel Delpit III. "All about his family, you know, gave his life to God. Anybody who ever knew him knew he always kept a smile on his face."
Delpit was a Mardi Gras Indian chief following in the footsteps of his father, who was the well known Big Chief of the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian tribe.
"Every day he used to come by the house talking about he couldn't wait 'til his son come along and, you know, teach him the things that he know - the Indian dances and all that stuff."
The couple shared an apartment in the Wind Run apartment complex on I-10 Service Road. Stewart was valedictorian of Carver High School and was about to graduate with a nursing degree from Delgado. She leaves behind a twin sister and their mother.
The two families are devastated by the loss.
"The message that's the biggest thing, like, to show our younger brothers that we can get along without guns, we can do positive things, and that's something that he tried to preach."
Delpit and Stewart were both shot multiple times. Police said they don't believe the shooting was random, saying at least one of the victims was targeted. They're urging anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.