A popular comedian and Nola history buff was shot and killed outside a New Orleans grocery store the day before Christmas Eve, city officials say.
New Orleans police told WWL-TV the shooting happened just after 4 p.m. Friday outside the Rouses Market on Baronne Street in the Warehouse District. Officers arrived to find 43-year-old Brandon “Boogie B” Montrell, a popular local comedian, dead with at least one gunshot wound.
“We get people who leave New Orleans and be like ‘Well, I gotta lost the accent or, you know, I got to look a certain way, I have to act a little bougie.’ He was never like that,” New Orleans Attorney Juan Lafonta said. “He always embraced who he was and everywhere he went he was a light for the city.”
Lafonta and Montrell were long time friends. Before Montrell found his calling in comedy, the two worked together at a local club. That was back when “Boogie B” was a dancer, working with the likes of Hotboy Ronald. He even recorded the hit song “Catch the Wall.”
Police have identified two suspects in the killing, who are both considered armed and dangerous. Surveillance photos of the pair and their vehicle were released.