Family mourns death of young man killed Mardi Gras night in Lower 9

Family mourns death of young man killed Mardi Gras night in Lower 9

(WVUE) - One mother says the violence must stop. It comes after her son was gunned down Tuesday in a mass shooting in the Lower Ninth Ward. Police are calling the shooting gang-related, but the victim's mother says her son was no gang member. Now, she and her family are pleading with police and the public to bring her son's killer to justice.

Judy Jones Robinson is inconsolable after the death of her only son, 26-year-old Jamar Robinson.

"It broke my heart. He took my baby away from me," said Judy Jones Robinson.

Not just a son, Jamar was a brother and a father to a 2-year-old boy.

"Jamal was our world. He had three mamas, and we all took care of him so he didn't want for nothing. He wasn't in the streets. He has a son, and that's all he was living for was taking care of him," said Jamar's sister, Eugencia Green.

It was supposed to be a day of celebration. The Robinsons were up early on FatTuesday to welcome out-of-town guests and to spend the day with family.

"He was so happy yesterday. He spent the whole day with us on the parade route just picking up the kids, just playing with them. Never in a million years did I think would be losing him the same day," said Green.

Hours later, tragedy struck.

"I received a call from my sister saying, 'Get home, get home.' They told us someone else had been shot. They never once said my brother been shot. So, as family members started going to the car, one of them noticed he was in the backseat and he wasn't moving," said Green, fighting back tears.

Police said the shooting happened at St. Claude Avenue and Andry Street, where someone - and possibly multiple people - opened fire on the car Robinson was in. Investigators said the victims then drove to a gas station at St. Claude and Lizardi, where police soon found Robinson dead on scene.

NOPD said a total of five victims were hit. Another man, 21-year-old Byron Jackson, died at the hospital from his injuries.

"We believe these homicides and several other outbreaks of violence in the fifth and sixth districts are linked to vicious gang activity perpetrated by suspects who are known to one another," said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.

Harrison addressed the media Wednesday, pinning the homicide on gang activity and pledging more resources to address the spike in shootings and murders.

But Robinson's family argues Jamar had no gang ties and no criminal history.

"A young man doing well for himself," said Green. "They consider stuff to be gang just because you live over here. That's not a gang. You can't help who you know."

There is one thing the family and police agree on: The violence must stop.

"Please, stop it. Stop the killing. Stop it. Parents are hurting. Children are hurting. Please, just stop. It has to stop," cried Robinson.

Police are still working to identify the suspect or suspects involved. The status of the other three victims is unknown.