While authorities have identified a suspect in the murder of an
18-year-old Wa man girl, relatives and friends aren't sure why the
teen she had been casually dating for the past few months would have gunned her down on a stranger's doorsteps early Saturday morning (Feb. 1).
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office detectives obtained an arrest warrant
for Eric Alexander, 19, of 3135 Sweet Gum Drive, Harvey, for
second-degree murder in the death of Ayesha Majeed, said Col. John
Fortunato, spokesman for the department.
Fortunato called Majeed
and Alexander "acquaintances." But friends told Majeed's older sister,
Shantrell Boothe, 35, of Wa man, that the pair had been dating for
about two or three months.
"Nobody knows why," Boothe said
Monday, in reference to the alleged involvement of Alexander in Majeed's
death. "I'm thinking they may have had an argument. When she was mad,
she would leave and start walking."
Eric Alexander, 19, of Harvey, is wanted for second-degree murder in the death of Ayesha Majeed, 18.Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
Deputies found Majeed's body lying on the doorstep of a home in the 3700 block of Clover Lane in Harvey on
Saturday. A resident called 911 about 4 a.m. to report that someone was
knocking on her door, possibly trying to break in. Majeed was
pronounced dead at the scene with two gunshot wounds, authorities said.
No one answered the door at the Clover Lane house on Monday
afternoon. Glass from the shattered front door was scattered on the
front porch and in the grass.
Boothe wasn't sure what Majeed was
doing in the neighborhood. She might have been visiting or staying with
friends. Majeed, whose mother died three years ago, lived with her
sister until the siblings' relationship was strained by typical teenage
yearnings for independence, according to Boothe. Majeed began staying
with friends in Marrero about eight months ago.
relatives gathered Sunday evening in Marrero's Lincolnshire
neighborhood, where Majeed was born and raised, to mourn and celebrate
her life. "It was very emotional," Boothe said. "The support was
"Ayesha was so sweet," said friend Kiera Randall,
16, of Westwego. "She was a firecracker. She didn't tolerate much. But
she was sweet and cared about the people she loved, a lot."
loved to dance. Bounce music was her favorite genre, according to
Randall. Majeed created some of her own fashions and sometimes did so
for friends. She was also a talented hairstylist, Boothe said.
who attended L.W. Higgins and John Ehret High Schools in Marrero, ran
into some trouble in 2012. She was expelled after a fight and began home
schooling, Boothe said.
But she was working on obtaining her
G.E.D. Majeed wanted to go to cosmetology school, Boothe said, or
possibly attend school to become a licensed practical nurse.
plans had not been finalized as of Monday evening. Boothe hoped to
schedule a service in the next week. "We're hoping by then, they'll have
him," she said of Alexander.
with information on the whereabouts of Eric Alexander is asked to call
the Sheriff's Office investigations bureau at 504.364.5300. The public
can also call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at
877.903.7867. Tips can be texted to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637); text TELLCS
then the crime information. Callers or texters do not have to give their
names or testify and can earn a $2,500 reward for information that
leads to an indictment.