Crime & Safety,
October 23rd, 2012
By Ramon Antonio Vargas, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Being the subject of a documentary movie a few years ago inspired Joshua Short to enroll in film production classes at Delgado Community College, according to his twin brother, Jonathan. Jonathan said Joshua dreamed about capturing and telling stories the way his and his brother’s story was depicted by filmmakers Vince Morelli and Jason Berry in “Left Behind: The Story of the New Orleans Public Schools.”
Late Tuesday, someone shot Joshua Short in the face in the 2600 block of Dumaine Street, where he grew up and had just attended a Night Out Against Crime party. He died the following day at a hospital, becoming at least the sixth person to be slain on that stretch of Dumaine since Hurricane Katrina. He was 25.
Jonathan Short on Friday fought back tears as he noted the depressing irony of the night on which his twin was killed. “It’s ridiculous it was Night Out Against Crime,” Jonathan said. “It’s just horrible.”
Jonathan said his brother had lingered on Dumaine Street following the Night Out Against Crime event to visit a teen he tutored and practiced basketball with. “My brother had a heart of gold,” Jonathan said. “He didn’t really believe too much in adults. But he knew kids were the future.”
Joshua Short Funeral Donations—>
Services will be held on Thursday at 4:30pm at the Clio Place Baptist
Church, 2646 S. Dorgenois Street (off of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
and S. Broad).
From American Zombie
I thought I had moved past the point in my life where I tried to make sense of senseless acts. Right now I’m having a hard time with that. I know better than to ask why but I can’t help it.
What strange, vile fruit we bear, New Orleans. What horrors we have sown.
I don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t know how to help. I’m not sure that we can be helped. I’m not sure anyone cares anymore.
Yesterday, this city…you, me….we are all responsible…took the life of one of its brightest. Joshua was a young man that gave me, and the people in his life, hope.