Family, friends gather to comfort mother of slain toddler

Family, friends gather to comfort mother of slain toddler
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POSTED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:04pm

Family and friends gathered at Café Reconcile Friday afternoon to comfort a graduate and employee who lost her 1-year-old daughter to violence on Thursday night.

New Orleans police say a 13-month-old child was shot and killed, and the child's babysitter was shot and taken to a hospital.

Three people are being questioned in Central City after New Orleans Police Department officers and SWAT cordoned off areas looking for suspects in connection with a shooting that left a 13-month-old dead and the child's babysitter injured.

Londyn Samuels, 13 months old, was killed in a shooting in Central City Thursday night about 8:30 p.m. Samuels' 18-year-old babysitter was injured in the shooting.

Officials said in a news release that the mother of the toddler -- Andrea Samuels -- is a graduate and employee at Café Reconcile.

The shooting happened in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street. The motive of the shooting wasn't known.

"Right now, feels like it's just not true," Andrea said. "I cry every time I see a picture of her, anytime somebody hugs me, I cry, I'm hurt ... that was my baby.”

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell decried the violence, saying the community is tired of it.

Andrea's daughter just turned 1 year old on Aug. 3.

A vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the corner of Washington Avenue and South Saratoga Street.

A memorial fund has been set up to help the family.



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