Friends and family mourn the loss of man killed in New Orleans shooting

Friends and family mourn the loss of man killed in New Orleans shooting
Demontris Toliver (Source: Facebook)
Demontris Toliver (Source: Facebook)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - New Orleans police are still looking for suspects behind a weekend shooting in the French Quarter that resulted in the death of a man living in Baton Rouge, who friends and family say had a very bright future.

Demontris Toliver, 25, was engaged to be married and according to those who knew him, blessed with artistic talent. However, that was all cut short early Sunday morning.

His mother still cannot believe that she won't see her son again. Demontris Toliver was one of 10 victims shot and the only one, so far, who did not survive.

"My son calls me back screaming, 'Ma, my brother's dead,'" Kim Toliver said.

Toliver was on Bourbon Street with his fiancée and brother.

"He's gone. Never … never to see him draw another picture ever again in his life. They took my child, our child, away from us and it is not fair," Kim Toliver added.

Demontris Toliver lived in Baton Rouge and worked as a tattoo artist at Effum Underground. His co-workers and fiancée said they are still in mourning and did not want to speak publicly. However, they did say they're trying to create a showcase that will honor his greatest talent, art.

He posted some of his paintings on his Facebook page.

"He had so much potential. He ... so, like he could've really been more than a tattoo artist," his friend, James Holmes, said.

Holmes went to elementary and high school with Toliver. He was visiting family in Mississippi when he heard the news.

"I still can't believe it, you know. It was just ... it was impossible," Holmes added.

Investigators are still searching for two young men they believe started the shooting. Police said the suspects, who are not from New Orleans, met each other that night. It is believed they got into an argument on Bourbon Street and then started shooting at each other.

Detectives believe Toliver and the other nine victims were innocent bystanders.

"It's ridiculous that parents have to walk around mourning behind their children, behind senseless stupidity, that people do not have to be doing," Kim Toliver explained.

Friends said fellow tattoo artists are planning an art showcase to display Toliver's art and also honor his life. The event will possibly be held sometime this week.


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