Kenneth Smith Death – In the Toya Xperience barbershop located in the 5700 block of Crowder Street, witnesses who saw the shooting stated that it began when the victim, 56-year-old Kenneth Smith, referred to a child as a “king” After he was fatally shot on March 17, at the intersection of I-10 Service Road and Crowder Boulevard, friends of the family of a well-liked employee at Brother’s Food Store spoke with the media. “He gave a kid a compliment in a barber shop. We do not know what happened but we are told he apologized like three times,” said a family member of Smith.
On Friday, a disagreement was started as a result of such flattery. Smith expressed his regret before exiting the store. The media was able to collect surveillance video that showed some of the final moments that Smith spent inside a local establishment before the incident occurred. After another half an hour, surveillance footage captured him approaching Crowder from behind. The New Orleans Police Department has identified the suspect as Harold Brooks, who they say is the same person the victim had an argument with at the barbershop.
According to the testimony of witnesses, Brooks was the one who shot and killed Smith. According to Mohamad Ayash, Smith was an employee at Brother’s Grocery Store. According to what Ayash remarked, “He was not the type of person you would need to kill about something he said.” According to Ayash, Smith was always generous with his praise for others in the community; undoubtedly, this trait of his is the one that workers would miss the most about him. “He was a very nice man. He’s always blessing everybody. He was a very wonderful person,” remarked Ayash.
Those who knew and loved Smith the most have stated that his goodness will never be forgotten, even as the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) continues to investigate the specifics of what transpired on that tragic day. “It is the fact that you took away someone so good, And for what? Because you are a horrible, horrible individual.” According to the NOPD, Brooks was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with murder in the second degree. Calling Crime Stoppers at the number 504-822-1111 is recommended for anyone who may have any additional information regarding this criminal offense.
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