The killer remains at large while New Orleans police detectives continue to try to establish a motive in the slaying

By Tara Fowler
Updated June 01, 2015 09:20 AM
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Officer James A. Bennett Jr., 45, was sitting in his patrol car on May 24 when someone walked up to his car and shot him.

A two-year veteran with the Housing Authority of the New Orleans Police Department, Bennett loved his job so much, he inspired his younger brother to join the force as well. His brutal murder came as a shock to the friends and family who attended his funeral Friday.

“It’s not the way us policemen think,” his brother Anthony Bennett told WDSU. “If we’re going to meet an end that way, we always think it’s going to be on a call or something like that, not just somebody walking up and murdering you.”

The killer remains at large while New Orleans police detectives continue to try to establish a motive in the senseless murder, according to The Times-Picayune.

“He was gentle, nice guy, funny,” friend Ray Curtis told WWL. “He enjoyed what he was doing.”

He added: “He helped anyone. All you had to do was ask him and he would help you.”

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