Former Kentuckian Dies In New Orleans

A man who used to live in eastern Kentucky dies during a carjacking in New Orleans.

It was the city's 108th murder of the year.

53-year-old Tony White lived in Johnson County for four years before helping New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

For years Brittany Cantrell collected postcards from her Staffordsville friend Tony White, who lived just across the street.

White's job as a contractor took him to various parts of the country.

“He would just say you know, thanks for watching my dogs, thanks for housesitting,” Cantrell said.

Cantrell says in 2004 White moved to New Orleans to build a jail.

On his way home from work last Thursday, someone hijacked White's jeep and shot him in the face.

“He was the nicest guy. If they wanted his wallet, he would have given it to him. But they took our jeep and killed him,” Tami White said.

Cantrell says White had stayed in New Orleans longer than planned to help the city rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Cantrell says that's the kind of man he was.

“Tony always had a smile on his face, he was hardworking, help you any way possible,” Cantrell said.

“He was my best friend. The kids and grandkids just idolized him. He was it, and for those guys to snuff out a life like that is pitiful,” Tami White said.

Cantrell says White will be laid to rest in Colorado.

Cantrell finds some comfort in White's handwritten messages that still inspire kindness in her.

Cantrell says she believes White's funeral is next week in his hometown of Denver, Colorado.

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  • by Jason Location: New Orleans on Aug 2, 2007 at 11:42 PM
    I am originally from Paducah, Ky. and have lived in New Orleans for over 10 years. I lost my home in Hurricane Katrina and I can attest that people like Tony made a difference in many, many lives. Please don't judge this city by the random acts of violence which we are struggling to overcome. There are many, many good people in our city who are struggling to make it better and we couldn't have survived without people like Tony helping us. God bless him....please don't pass judgement on us, we are trying to make things better. God bless you all.
  • by Christina Location: Lexington, KY on Aug 2, 2007 at 09:58 PM
    I am so sorry to hear about your neighbor. What a terribly sad situation. I also agree with both of the other comments. There was a reason the whole city was wiped out; and it's just too bad that the carjacker wasn't wiped out with it.
  • by jc Location: nashville on Aug 2, 2007 at 05:33 PM
    this is a horrible tragedy, but inane comments like "katrina came on strong to punish the home town of new orleans for marty graw (sic)" are pointless. there are tens of thousands of good-hearted, hard-working, loving people that live in new orleans, and are just as distraught as anyone at the thought of someone losing a life there. the problems with crime in New Orleans can be traced to poverty, disenfranchisement, a corrupt public education system and a broken criminal justice system, and are commonplace in many major cities with skyrocketing murder rates like Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Detroit and Jacksonville. This isn't an excuse - it's just a fact. My heart goes out to Tony White's family and loved ones, and I am deeply saddened by his pointless death. Right now New Orleans is suffering, and what can help it recover is love and compassion, not ignorance, hate and disdain.
  • by jessica Location: london on Aug 2, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    i forgot to mention my thougths and prayers are out to tonys family... only if everyone could act as he did...
  • by jessica Location: london on Aug 2, 2007 at 01:11 PM
    amen to that brad.... i believe hurrican katrina came on strong to punish the home town of new orleans for marty graw and all the rest of the sinful things that goes with their territory.
  • by Brad Location: Salyersville on Aug 2, 2007 at 07:57 AM
    New Orleans needs another good flushing sounds like.


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