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Memorial Fund Established to Help Three Children of Slain Mother

Shawanna Pierce with her three children, Kelby Daniels, age 9, Kolby Daniels, age 7, and Khody Daniels, age 2.
Shawanna Pierce with her three children, Kelby Daniels, age 9, Kolby Daniels, age 7, and Khody Daniels, age 2.

New Orleans Friends and family of Shawanna "Nonnie" Pierce, a victim of a fatal shooting in Central City, have created a memorial tribute fund to help support her surviving three children.

Ms. Pierce's children, Kelby Daniels, 9, Kolby Daniels, 7, and Khody Daniels, 2, will be the beneficiaries of the fund.

An account has been created at Whitney Bank. Those wishing to donate should make their check out to Kelby Armand Daniels. Indicate the check is for account number 17541956.

Donations are being accepted at any branch of Whitney Bank, or you can send a check to Whitney Bank, P.O. 61260, New Orleans, La. 70161-9967. Use the same account number, 17541956.

Pierce was returning a rental car on May 29, when a stray bullet from a shooting in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue traveled three blocks and killed her. At the scene of the shooting, a five-year-old girl was also killed, and three others were wounded.

Ms. Pierce worked as a health information outpatient coder at the Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH) for more than eight years. This highly specialized position requires a detailed knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology to analyze and interpret patient health information for coding, reimbursement, research, compliance and statistics.

"This is not only a tragedy for the family, but also for Shawanna's co-workers at the hospital," said Dr. Juzar Ali, ILH Medical Director. "Our team is pulling together to support her three children in this difficult time."

Ms. Pierce was a 1996 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and Delgado Community College.

The funeral service for Ms. Pierce will be Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m., at Israelite Baptist Church, 2100 Martin Luther King Boulevard, in New Orleans.

Ms. Pierce's family thanks all for their prayers, thoughts and kind words.