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    LA - Kirsten Brydum, 25, cyclist murdered in New Orleans, 27 Sept 2008

    Kirsten Brydum, 25, was an activist from San Francisco who was traveling the country via train. She'd borrow friends' bikes to get around in the cities where she stopped. She arrived in NOLA on 9/25/08 via train. She attended a concert at the Howling Wolf in the Warehouse District around 11pm on 9/26. She was last seen on 9/27 at around 1:30 am presumably getting on the black cruiser bicycle a friend had lent her to cycle back to the home of friends with whom she had been staying in the Bywater neighborhood.

    On the morning of 9/27, her body was discovered around the 3000 block of Laussat Place in the Florida neighborhood, well past the Bywater coming from the Warehouse District. Her boyfriend at the time, Josh Viola, believes Kirsten may have gotten lost due to the poor street sinage & lighting in the area (a big problem particularly in the first few years after Katrina & even in 2008....heck, in some places even today in NOLA). The bike she was riding as well as her tote bag have never been found. She had been shot several times. She had not been sexually assaulted. Her murder remains unsolved & there is a $10,000 reward.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/..._been_for.html

    http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/...ry-3192134.php

    Memorial website set up by Kirsten's friends & family: http://www.kirstenbrydum.virtual-memorials.com/

    Although some articles say robbery was the motive (her wallet, the bike, her bag are missing), this one says something different:
    "The timeline stops at 1:30 a.m.," Defillo said. That's when Brydum hopped on a bicycle and left the bar. She was found seven hours later, fully clothed. She had not been sexually assaulted, police said. Robbery doesn't appear to be the motive, but her bicycle is missing."
    http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2...l_hours_a.html
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    Oops! Mods- I just realized I spelled Kirsten's name as Kristen in the thread title. Would one you be so wonderful as to fix that please? Thank you.
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    Thanks for posting this case, ktgirl. Really hope somehow your post will set things in motion to shake something new loose in this case.

    I have to say -- this one really brought the Mighty Mick (Mickey Shunick, for those who didn't follow her case -- and ktgirl, I KNOW you did) to mind.

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    Interesting article from September, more at link-

    Kirsten Brydum's family and friends announced Monday they have new evidence identifying the person they think shot the 25-year-old in the head as she rode a bicycle through the Florida Avenue area just 36 hours into a volunteer trip to New Orleans.

    An independent investigation the family pursued after the Sept. 27, 2008, slaying points to a man who died in 2009 at age 36, family friend Frank Lindsay announced at a news conference Monday that was timed with the fifth anniversary of Brydum's death.

    ...Lindsay said the suspect has been linked to other killings and is the son of a retired NOPD officer. He declined to publicly name the suspect.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/.../post_345.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by hayaletcatcher View Post
    Interesting article from September, more at link-

    Kirsten Brydum's family and friends announced Monday they have new evidence identifying the person they think shot the 25-year-old in the head as she rode a bicycle through the Florida Avenue area just 36 hours into a volunteer trip to New Orleans.

    An independent investigation the family pursued after the Sept. 27, 2008, slaying points to a man who died in 2009 at age 36, family friend Frank Lindsay announced at a news conference Monday that was timed with the fifth anniversary of Brydum's death.

    ...Lindsay said the suspect has been linked to other killings and is the son of a retired NOPD officer. He declined to publicly name the suspect.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/.../post_345.html
    Not a great place to get lost in. I'd never attempt a bike ride to Bywater at that time. Someone unfamiliar to those streets could have easily gotten lost. Warehouse District to Bywater at 1:30 a.m.? On a bike?

    Sadly, this was not going to be solved easily, even with a reward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donamena View Post
    Not a great place to get lost in. I'd never attempt a bike ride to Bywater at that time. Someone unfamiliar to those streets could have easily gotten lost. Warehouse District to Bywater at 1:30 a.m.? On a bike?

    Sadly, this was not going to be solved easily, even with a reward.
    Riding through the Quarter she would've been fine. It was that last stretch after she crossed Elysian Fields that was dangerous, and that's where she got into trouble. So darn sad.

    Thanks for posting the article, hayaletcatcher.
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    The spot where she was found is The wurst place to be. Being a caucasian, I wouldn't go there and expect to come back alive. A train engineer made the mistake of stopping the train right there. They killed him for his wallet. Any new leads on this case?



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