Once again, and far too soon after the last one, we mourn the tragic slaying of a Domino’s pizza deliveryman on our streets. According to the best information available, he was shot inside his vehicle in the Lower 9th Ward. By all accounts, he was an innocent and hardworking father and husband — a law-abiding citizen who was gunned down by a heartless killer while just doing his job. The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation offers its deepest condolences to the victim’s family, to RPM Pizza LLC and to all Domino’s employees.
Just two weeks ago, RPM executives Glenn Mueller and Robert Tedesco joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Chief Michael Harrison and the NOPJF in announcing an effort to strengthen NOPD recruitment efforts through advertisements on Domino’s delivery boxes encouraging candidates to apply to become New Orleans police officers. It was a courageous gesture by RPM and Domino’s and, while growing NOPD ranks will not be done quickly and might not have saved an innocent man’s life, it certainly is a part of what we as a city must do to combat the wave of senseless crime that infects our community.
RPM is offering a $7,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. We urge anyone who has such information to contact Homicide Detective Travis Ward at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Every New Orleanian has a stake in making ours a safer city.
chairman, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation
chief executive officer, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation