The siblings of reality television star Toya Wright that were gunned down in the 7th Ward soon after midnight Sunday morning, may have gotten into an argument that resulted in their murders, according to neighbor John Kemper. Wright’s ex-husband, Lil Wayne, jumped on a private jet to comfort her during this tragic time, according to Hot New Hip Hop.
John Kemper said the noise from a disturbance outside his home was loud enough to make the 55-year-old peer through his window to see what was going on. According to the New Orleans Advocate, Kemper said he noticed that a few residents from an apartment building on the upriver side of the street were shouting at the passengers of a black SUV parked across the street from his residence in the 2800 block of Pauger Street.
“They were shouting down, taking a look at the car. There was a disturbance heading on.”
He said such disturbances are so common on the block that he thought nothing of it and went back to the rear of his apartment until he heard eight gunshots soon after. By the time John Kemper got back to the window everyone was gone, but the SUV’s engine was still running. When policemen arrived at the scene, they found two men dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside the vehicle. The men were later identified as Toya Wright’s brothers: 24-year-old Ryan “Rudy” Johnson, and 31-year-old Joshua Johnson,
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Wright, who is currently married to music producer Mickey “Memphitz” Wright, and is the ex-wife of New Orleans native and rapper Lil Wayne, revealed the tragedy via Instagram.
“Help me Lord,” Wright wrote. “I will never understand this.”
No one has been named in the double-homicide and police are not saying what they think the motive was for the killing of the Johnson brothers. However, John Kemper and several neighbors said they suspect a connection to the drug dealing that is commonplace near the apartment buildings.
“It be like they’re selling sno-balls over there.”
While none of the residents wanted to be quoted by name for fear of retaliation from alleged drug dealers, John Kemper didn’t mind offering his name because he is moving to Chicago and was in the process of packing his mini-van while he was being interviewed.
There has been an outpouring of support on social media for Toya Wright, who has already experienced a great deal of personal tragedy in her short life, in addition to a great deal of success. In addition to Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, she starred on BET’s Toya: A Family Affair, and Tiny and Toya with T.I.’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris. She has authored two books, Priceless Inspiration, and How To Lose A Husband, and she owns two boutiques, G.A.R.B., in New Orleans, and GARB, in Smyrna, Georgia. She has a 17-year-old daughter, Reginae, with her ex-husband Lil Wayne.
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Crime analyst Rob Asher said that 24 people died in July, the deadliest month since July, 2012, in New Orleans, according to the New Orleans Advocate. In July, NOPD responded to nine disturbance calls, five of which were domestic disturbances, six suspicious person reports, two aggravated batteries, a burglary, a car theft, and two drug violations in that area alone. Given those facts, it is not surprising that such a violent act took place, but that doesn’t make it any less unfortunate for Toya Wright and the friends and family members left behind.
Police are asking anybody with information regarding the murders of Toya Wright’s brothers Rudy Johnson and Joshua Johnson to contact Homicide Investigator Theo Kent at (504) 658-5300.
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