A violent shooting left a New Orleans Mardi Gras chief and his pregnant girlfriend dead, in what authorities believe was a “targeted hit.”
Breon Stewart, 23, and Lionel Delpit III, 25, were shot multiple times outside of their home in New Orleans on Dec. 16. Their son was due on Dec. 29, and they planned on naming him Lionel Delpit IV.
Dozens of shots were reportedly heard just before 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Wind Run Apartments, where the couple lived, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Deplit was the son of Black Feater Mardi Gras Indian tribe Chief Lionel Delpit Jr.
Delpit’s father died in 2011, and his son assumed the chieftainship soon after.
“A loving, caring guy,” Keenan Lewis, New Orleans Saints player and brother-in-law of Delpit’s, told Fox 8 Live.
“All about his family, you know, gave his life to God," Lewis added. "Anybody who ever knew him knew he always kept a smile on his face."
Commander Dough Eckert said that police are currently awaiting results of autopsies to determine whether or not the unborn child’s death will be considered a homicide, the Advocate notes.
Eckert added that the Criminal Investigation’s division of the police department was following up on several tips, and they believe at least one of the two victims was “targeted.”
“We feel that this wasn’t a random act,” he said at a news conference, according to the Advocate.
“It’s a hideous crime," he added. "There’s no good time for a homicide, there’s no good time for a murder, but this, right before the holidays, just makes it that much worse.”