Brandon 'Boogie B' Montrell, TikTok star, killed in New Orleans shooting

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TikTok star Brandon “Boogie B” Montrell was shot and killed by a stray bullet on Friday while Christmas shopping in New Orleans with his grandmother, his heartbroken mother has revealed — as she protested against leaders of the city run by the Democrats.

Montrell’s mother confirmed on Saturday that the 43-year-old social media personality and comedian was the man killed while sitting in a parked car at Rouses supermarket in the Warehouse District at around 4:07 pm the previous afternoon.

The devastated mother has exploded crime in Louisiana’s most populous city – and the leaders who need to “do their job”.

“My son wasn’t just the victim of a stray bullet,” Sherilyn Price said in a Saturday statement obtained by Fox 8.

“He is the victim of decades of neglect that have left the youth of New Orleans with no hope for the future and no real fear of the consequences,” the devastated mother continued.

New Orleans police released this photo of two suspects wanted in connection with the shooting.
New Orleans police released this photo of two suspects wanted in connection with the shooting.
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“It is past time for the leaders of our city and around the world to do their jobs. It matters who is the president, who is the governor and who is the mayor. Leaders create opportunities – including the opportunity to live in peace without fear of random violence.”

New Orleans Police Department did not officially release the identity of the victim, but confirmed that he was not the intended target.

The victim was a bystander caught in the crossfire, the department said.

New Orleans Councilman Oliver Thomas, a Democrat, echoed Price’s call for action to make the city a safer place.

“Another of ours was taken senseless. We continue to ask when this will end as we seek solutions for change. Grief has become a way of life here, but have we really become desensitized to violence and destruction?” he said on Instagram.

New Orleans, known for its nightlife and live music scene, had the highest murder rate of any major US city in the first half of this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

The city recorded about 41 homicides per 100,000 population.

The city’s Democratic mayor, Latoya Cantrell, is currently facing a repeal effort due to rising crime. Petitioners have until February 22, 2023 to collect 53,343 valid signatures to put the recall election to a vote.

It was not clear on Saturday how many people had signed the offer.

Montrell was popular on TikTok and other social media platforms for his humorous “Hood History” series, in which he shared insightful stories about the city’s lesser-known but colorful past — many of which focused on Black American tales.

He had more than 226,000 followers on TikTok and more than 109,000 followers on Instagram.

Montrell posted a “Hood History” video on Fred C. Parker, “Black Santa” of New Orleans, just hours before he was killed.

The comedian was born in New Orleans but lived in Los Angeles to advance his entertainment career, a cousin told Fox 8.

Montrell returned to Louisiana to spend the holiday with his mother and grandmother.

He was waiting for his grandmother to collect Christmas groceries inside the store when he was killed, his family’s attorney said.

He planned to attend a friend’s comedy show at a nearby hotel later that night.

“He was a really good guy,” said family lawyer and friend Juan LaFonta. “Always moving forward. Never involved with anything negative.”

Fans and friends are already mourning the loss of the funnyman.

“You will be greatly missed, my beloved brother. Thanks for the great memories. I was looking forward to going on the road and seeing our dreams come true,” commented Ron G., a fellow comedian, on Montrell’s latest post.

“From one historian to another; you exist beyond your existence in the legacy you left behind, the lessons you left behind, and the thousands of lives you touched,” said Rubia Garcia, fan and New Orleans resident.

The two suspects who allegedly killed Montrell in the shootout are still at large. Police shared surveillance footage of two people they believe to be involved.

Police have named Dyamonique Smith as a person of interest and believe she has information vital to the investigation, although she is not wanted on criminal charges, WDSU 6 reported.

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