In case of slain Tulane student Thomas Rolfes, New Orleans police believe 'other people' near scene have vital information _lowres

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The family and fiancée of a 25-year-old Tulane graduate found dead in New Orleans last month are still looking for closure.

Tuesday marks one month since Thomas Rolfes was found shot to death in an apparent robbery on Amelia Street near South Claiborne Avenue. Rolfes had been in New Orleans with his fiancée, Elizabeth Fried, to scout wedding venues.

At a news conference held by Crimestoppers, Rolfes’ family and NOPD homicide detectives on Tuesday, Homicide Detective Andrew Waldron says police believe "other people in the direct vicinity of this neighborhood have information."

No arrests have been made in relation to the death and the family are pleading for information. The reward for information in Rolfes’ death is $30,000.

Rolfes, who had spent a night celebrating his recent engagement with friends at Ms. Mae’s bar, was seen on surveillance video at a Delta Fuel gas station near South Claiborne Avenue and Louisiana Avenue Parkway about 3:30 a.m. May 7. An hour later, his body was found by a passerby.

Fried told WWL-TV Tuesday that few new details have been discovered in the month since his death.

“As I understand, they were all out and having a good time,” Fried said. “At some point, he and his friend just missed each other trying to leave the bar and he ended up by himself … From there, we don’t know how he got to the gas station; from there, how he got to the corner.”

Fried said she is hoping that someone comes forward with information so that she and Rolfes’ family can find closure.

“Every night, I lie awake wondering what happened in that last hour,” she told WWL. “Did he suffer? Was he scared? Why did it have to happen? I just hope someone comes forward with the information we need to get the closure so we can have some peace.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

See the full WWL-TV report here.