Father will bury son killed in French Quarter shooting

Father will bury son killed in French Quarter shooting

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Monday morning, family and friends will bury the man killed in the French Quarter, Thursday.

Police say it was a former coworker and charged him with second-degree murder. Yet, on the eve of his funeral, the man's father is demanding more.

"I never thought in my life I'd have to bury my own son," said Fouad Zeton.

Zeton is dreading his son's funeral.

"The most devastating sadness of my life will be tomorrow when I put my son into a grave," he said.

It comes just days after New Orleans police say Fouad Zeton Jr.'s former coworker at a French Quarter bar killed him.

"I never want to remember that day, Katherine," said Zeton.

Yet, it's one he'll never forget.

"He said I did everything I could to save your son, Junior, but Junior's gone," Zeton recalled.

Zeton didn't make it to the hospital in time to say 'goodbye'.

"I am so sad the way my junior died. The way he got killed," said Zeton.

Now, Zeton is promising to fight for justice.

"I'm not a lawyer. I'm not the law but I'm a father who lost his loved one and I will never see my son again," Zeton said.

Police say a work-related disagreement escalated before turning deadly. They say the alleged perpetrator, James Nero Jr., got a gun and turned it on Zeton Jr. NOPD detectives say he then waited for police to arrive. Nero Jr. was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. But Zeton's pushing for more. He wants to see first-degree murder charges come down for Nero Jr.

"This is a crime planned, premeditated murder, to murder and kill my son. I will never see him again, I'm so devastated," Zeton said.

As Zeton remembers his son and the future he'll never have with his daughter, he has a message for other parents.

"Take care of them, no matter what dispute they have with each other. To love them and be there for them because you never know when your child will walk out of your house and never come back," explained Zeton.

Junior will be buried Monday morning at 9 AM at Lake Lawn Cemetery.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney sent FOX 8 News the following statement: 
"All criminal cases referred to our office by our law enforcement partners are screened on their individual merits to determine whether the recommended charges will be accepted, refused or modified based on the available evidence. Murder cases are further evaluated by an Orleans Parish grand jury, which ultimately decides whether a defendant shall be indicted."

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