- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two weeks after a 38-year-old man was gunned down at his apartment door, New Orleans police aren’t talking about possible suspects or motive.

Travis Darries’ girlfriend, 31-year-old Diana Morris, was talking to him on the phone when he was killed about 2:30 a.m. May 14. She says it seems obvious that he was targeted, but she has no idea why.

He was talking as he shuffled to his apartment door, she said.

“And then I heard a guy scream at him,” Morris told The New Orleans Advocate (https://bit.ly/1TPWT6H ). “Somebody yelled at him, and it sounded like they started shooting the gun into the phone - because that’s how loud it was.”

Morris, a nurse, was working a night shift at University Hospital, tending a patient with cancer when Darries called her to say he’d been out somewhere, felt ill and was driving home.

She watched the emergency room’s list of new patients, hoping his name would appear, but it never did. Finally, she drove to the street where he was shot, just in time to watch the coroner’s van driving away.

Darries died at the scene, police said. Morris says she has talked with homicide Detective Tindell Murdock every day, but he seems no closer to an explanation than she is.

Police declined to make Murdock available for an interview. They’re asking anyone with information about the killing to call him.

“This has to be something old,” Morris said.

Darries had one serious brush with the law. In August 2008, according to police, he shot and killed a man in Dallas, over money. Prosecutors said he was a member of the Bloods street gang and had taken part in the manufacture of crack cocaine.

Darries pleaded guilty in October 2010 and was given the minimum five-year sentence, with credit for time served. After his release, he returned to New Orleans and got a job as a construction worker at the new Veterans Affairs hospital in Mid-City.

Morris, who is carrying Darries’ fourth daughter and fifth child, and her own second child, said she would like to know why Darries was shot, but she doubts that knowing who did it would make raising her unborn daughter any easier.

“Putting that guy in jail is not going to introduce her to her dad,” Morris said. “I’m going to have a C-section on June 29, and when I look to my left, he’s not going to be sitting there. And for me, that’s going to be like the funeral all over again.”


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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