Students waited for school bus near body of Marrero murder victim

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Students headed to their bus stop at the corner of Carmadelle and Fourteenth streets in Marrero Thursday morning had to wait in view of the body of a man who had been shot dead just a half-block away, neighbors said.

“A young girl said she found a body,” Carmadelle Street resident Niejua Lewis said.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Terry Holden, 47, of Marrero, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department. Authorities found him lying face down in the grass in the 6600 block of 14th Street. near a gap in the fencing that residents called “the cut.”

Holden was pronounced dead at the scene with a single gunshot wound to the head, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department. Detectives, so far, have no motive or suspects in the case.

A man who drove down 14th Street and saw Holden’s body contacted the Sheriff’s Office around 6:25 a.m. once he got to work, Fortunato said. It’s not clear how long he may have been lying there.

One of Lewis’ relatives recalled hearing a gunshot around 3:15 a.m., she said. Lewis did not hear the shot. She woke later when her mother noticed the commotion outside.

Lewis said the students, who were waiting to board a bus to John Ehret High School in Marrero, had to walk to the West Bank Expressway to catch the bus, which could not access the area because of the patrol cars and crime scene barriers.

Lewis and her relatives said their neighborhood is sometimes quiet, sometimes not. “You never know,” she said. “There’s that one person who’s always in trouble and they bring it to the neighborhood.”