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    LA - Helen Wingard Hill, 36, New Orleans, 4 Jan 2007

    Husband, wife just two of 6 shot in 24 hours

    In the sixth New Orleans murder in less than 24 hours, a woman was killed and her husband shot in their home Thursday about 5:30 a.m., said police, who found the bleeding man kneeling at the door of the couple's Faubourg Marigny home, clutching their 2-year-old son.

    Including another murder on New Year's Day, the latest violence brings the new year's total to at least seven slayings in four days, though one of the apparent killings -- a woman's body found Wednesday rolled up in a throw rug on a Lower 9th Ward street -- remains officially an unclassified death. In the past week, 12 people have been murdered in the city.

    Helen Hill

    Paul Gailiunas

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    I grew up about 4 blocks away from the doctor and his family - his older brother was a good friend of mine, his dad was my mother's doctor. It sure sounds like he turned out to be an amazing man, and his wife sounds like such a talented, dynamic woman. Such a shame....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie
    Husband, wife just two of 6 shot in 24 hours

    In the sixth New Orleans murder in less than 24 hours, a woman was killed and her husband shot in their home Thursday about 5:30 a.m., said police, who found the bleeding man kneeling at the door of the couple's Faubourg Marigny home, clutching their 2-year-old son.

    Including another murder on New Year's Day, the latest violence brings the new year's total to at least seven slayings in four days, though one of the apparent killings -- a woman's body found Wednesday rolled up in a throw rug on a Lower 9th Ward street -- remains officially an unclassified death. In the past week, 12 people have been murdered in the city.

    Helen Hill

    Paul Gailiunas
    We are all shocked up here in Halifax. Both of them lived here for years. Our artistic and medical communities are in mourning for Helen and Paul.

    We don't have that many murders in a year let alone a week or a day!

    Here's a link to the tribute paid to her this Sunday in Halifax...you'll be surprised or maybe not.

    Link to article

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    Cami, thank you for sharing that. I had watched some coverage about her on the news as well.

    What a wonderful community. She sounds like she was a wonderful person. I do hope that banding together gets some kind of great response.

    I'll not lie, I'm glad I live on the Northshore. Even though no where is safe, at least I have an illusion for my childrens sake if nothing else right now.

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    Here's a wonderful memorial with many pictures and tributes from friends/
    http://www.helenhill.org/
    You put the light in me...

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    Such a senseless tragedy. It doesn't sound like his wounds were life threatening for which I'm very thankful....their child will still have one parent. Has anyone heard whether this was a robbery or just a random shooting?

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    I work with a friend of this couple. Very, very scary! He went to medical school where I work.

    We are all in shock.

    Hi Cami! Long time no "see".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakergirl123
    I work with a friend of this couple. Very, very scary! He went to medical school where I work.

    We are all in shock.

    Hi Cami! Long time no "see".
    Hi Lakergirl, yeah it's been a long time. I am still over on the Darlie thread anytime you want me....LOL

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    Nice feature article from January 2009:

    http://www.myneworleans.com/New-Orle...inished-Story/

    They got up before dawn, put on costumes he can no longer remember and set out on foot for the parades, several miles from their apartment in the leafy Carrollton neighborhood. Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas, both Harvard graduates, had just moved to New Orleans after six long winters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he had completed his medical degree and residency. “Some people romanticize the green, overgrown shabbiness” of New Orleans, Gailiunas said later. “Helen loved the city so much, she couldn’t allow herself to see beyond that”...

    From his time at the clinic, he knew how dangerous the city was even before Katrina. Now the city had skeletal public services and debris-lined streets throwing off toxic hazards. But Hill insisted on going back. “We can do this,” she vowed... Over the summer of 2006, she wore down his defenses. “She was truly fearless,” Gailiunas told me. “But she hadn’t had the same experience I’d had, treating drug addicts at the St. Claude hospital. I had seen another side of New Orleans”...

    Like Gailiunas and the rest of Hill’s family, Jake struggles with his reaction to her murder. “Helen lived up to her principles,” he says. “Paul, Kevin, my mother and I have to put our principles on the line. I’d be the first to argue against the death penalty – Helen didn’t support it. I just hope the [SOB] is caught and put in prison forever.”
    From November 2011:

    http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslif...-broken-hearts

    Her smile flickers between the film’s ragged edges — remnants of the ruined city where she died... The former Halifax resident, an experimental animator, poet and teacher, didn’t live to see it. But almost six years after a stranger gunned her down in the Louisiana city she adored, her husband, Paul Gailiunas — shot, too, with their baby in his arms — has rescued her labour of love. And his own.

    Gailiunas, a Halifax-born doctor, finished what she couldn’t: The Florestine Collection, a whimsical, sad, celebratory love story that weaves together the lives of a once-vibrant African-American seamstress, a flamboyant, flawed city and a joyful, acclaimed filmmaker who, Paul says, "could see the beauty in things other people had discarded"...

    Paul and Helen’s brother returned to the city that she had always felt wasn’t beyond repair, even when it was at its most devastated, most crime-ridden, during her last days. They met with police, hoping to reignite a cold case with still no suspects but a key piece of evidence.

    The 36-year-old fought her attacker before her screams woke her husband and two-year-old child. Authorities have his DNA, left under her fingernails. And Paul hopes it will one day lead to an arrest.

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    Where's the sketch of the suspect and a descrption?
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    Quote Originally Posted by STANDREID View Post
    Where's the sketch of the suspect and a descrption?
    I'll see if I can round up the sketch. Did someone say there was a sketch? I don't recall a sketch. In jessica Hawk's murder, yes. But not in the Hill homicide, though it's possible I've forgotten. I dunno.

    From 2011:

    "We have begun to look at the case from a new angle," said Sgt. Daniel McMullen, head of the Cold Case Unit. For starters, DNA evidence that wasn't processed until months after the incident has conclusively excluded Paul. He is not -- and should never have been called -- a suspect. NOPD higher-ups now acknowledge the department's investigation was "short-sighted."

    McMullen said detectives now believe the killing was related to the burglary minutes earlier on that block. It is very possible the burglar was trying to flee and encountered Hill.

    Investigators are still seeking a man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a close-cropped Afro haircut.

    The reward still stands at $15,000 for information leading to the killer.
    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...s_husband.html
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