Margaret "Mel" Laurent resigned Friday from her job as a victim assistance coordinator at the 22nd Judicial District Attorney's Office on the north shore — a move that took place after she posted a rant on Facebook, laced with profanity and racial slurs, concerning her brother's failed bid for a judgeship.
Laurent, who was hired during District Attorney Warren Montgomery's term, did not state a reason for her departure in the letter, dated Friday.
But after her brother, Reggie Laurent, was defeated last weekend in his bid for the Division H seat on the 22nd Judicial District Court bench, she posted an incendiary screed blaming his loss on a failure of black voters to turn out in large enough numbers.
Laurent, who is African-American, lost to Alan Zaunbrecher, who is white.
"May all you sorry as (sic) dumb as (sic) N*****s burn in f***ing hell! Yes I said it. And all you N****** that sold out, I hope the new judge yall let get elected for not voting send all you dumb a** mother f***ers to Donald Trump concentration camps," she posted, in part.
She concluded by saying she was deleting all her social media and asking people not to respond.
The account is gone, but before it was eliminated, one post asked, "Does anyone know if Margaret Laurent's FB got hacked?"
Neither Laurent nor her brother returned calls seeking comment.
The District Attorney's Office confirmed her resignation but declined comment.
In her resignation letter, obtained through a public records request, Laurent praised Montomery's top staff and thanked the DA for the opportunity to work in the office.
"Regrettably, I offer you my resignation, effective today, October 20, 2017," she wrote. "You are an incredible individual with a warm heart, fair, honest and profession(al). Qualities no one should take as weakness."
Reggie Laurent, who garnered 37 percent of the vote in the district, which includes St. Tammany and Washington parishes, also posted about his defeat on his campaign's Facebook page, but his comments about what he called a hard-fought campaign were positive and measured, quoting St. Francis of Assisi and Scripture.
"Please continue believing and fighting for right," he posted. "Let us remain strong and courageous. Be not weary in good deeds. St. Tammany and Washington parishes are home for us. Democracy is our way. Earnestly pray for Judge Zaunbrecher and the task that lies ahead of him."