Living in a city as violent as New Orleans affects us all. At the very least robbing us of peace of mind. But for Rebecca Glover, the cost of living in murder rich New Orleans has come with a much heavier price. She’s had to bury 5 different family members, all shot to death.
The elderly Glover is currently mourning the loss of her great-grandson, 19-year-old Dwayne Alphonse. On Monday, Alphonse’s body was found on Odeon Avenue in Algiers, murdered.
Alphonse lived a year longer than his father, and Rebecca Glover’s grandson, Dwayne Glover. Alphonse’s dad, Rebecca’s grandson, Dwayne, was only 18 when he was shot to death by robbers.
Mourning the death of her great-grandson, and grandson serve as bookends in Rebecca Glover’s lifetime of grief. For 21 years Glover has had to go through the unthinkable pain of losing five different family members to violence.
“It’s happened again,” she told NOLA.com regarding this week’s shooting of her great-grandson. “This here has torn me up.”
Glover is not alone. 92 other families have mourned the loss of a loved one to murder this year in New Orleans. But few have experienced the loss so many different times.
For Glover this week’s murder of her great-grandson had to bring back memories of four years ago in the summer of 2013 when she lost her niece, Kendrell Glover. Kendrell was shot to death just two days before her 30th birthday. While 8 years separated the murders of Glover’s niece and her great-grandson, their crime scenes were only two blocks apart.
Back in 2005 Rebecca Glover’s nephew was shot to death by police right after hurricane Katrina. 31-year old Henry Glover’s shooter, a rookie NOPD police officer, was charged, and convicted for the shooting. But then an appeals court tossed his conviction.
How much does Rebecca Glover know about grief? All there is. She’s suffered and carried an almost unbearable burden for living in such a dangerous city. And as for the welfare of her remaining family, you would have to imagine Rebecca Glover’s heart skips a beat every time her phone rings.
Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [email protected] or 504-458-2542.