Some people may have given up on post-Katrina New Orleans, but not salon owner Robin Malta. The 46-year old worked tirelessly to help rebuild his decimated hometown, halt the rising crime rates, further queer causes and make his many mates laugh. Unfortunately for them – and New Orleans – Malta’s been murdered.
Police found Malta’s beaten body Monday in his Marigny-area home and have now brought in a former roommate for questioning. They stress, however, that the man, 36-year old Shawn Curry should not be considered a suspect.
Friends and family have set up a makeshift memorial for Malta – who also led at his salon, which he started with his sister three years ago. Of her brother’s murder, Monica Thurmond said, “He loved everyone. He didnâ€™t have an enemy anywhere.â€ Unfortunately he did. Hopefully coppers can track him down.
NOPD questioning ex-roommate in slaying of French Quarter hair stylist [The Times-Picayune]
Friends stunned by killing, remember salon owner [WWLTV]