Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

A 4-year-old girl was found dead of blunt force injuries in New Orleans’ Central Business District, authorities said Tuesday.

The Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins and said she died in the 500 block of Canal Street on Saturday. Police didn’t immediately name any suspects or release additional details other than to say homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating. Public records show police encountered the girl while responding to a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal on Saturday at about 5:20 a.m.

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Attempts to contact Hawkins’ parents Tuesday were unsuccessful.

She was by far the youngest of three people reported killed Saturday in New Orleans. Eddie Profit, 23, was fatally shot at the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Jahncke Road in the Little Woods section of New Orleans East about 5:50 a.m., the coroner’s office said. And Lester Jones, 19, was shot and killed about 9:50 p.m. in the 3400 block of Second Street in Central City.

Two people killed in New Orleans were identified Tuesday by the coroner’s office as Akiem Jolla, 37, who was stabbed to death about Sunday at 7:15 p.m. during a fight in the 1500 block of Newton Street in Algiers, and and Jamil Hill, 35, fatally shot Sept. 30 in the 2500 block of Washington Avenue in Central City. 

New Orleans entered Tuesday with at least 144 homicides reported this year. As of Tuesday afternoon, overall crime had fallen nearly 12% in New Orleans in 2020 when compared to this time last year. But homicides had jumped by more than 45%, and non-fatal shootings were up 43%, according to unofficial statistics kept by the City Council.  

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