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Mardi Gras Indian Big Queen killed by gunfire in New Orleans

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 12:10:41-04

Gunfire rang out after a funeral repast on Read Boulevard Tuesday evening, killing a woman and injuring a man, our media partners at The Advocate/Times Picayune report.

Family and friends identified the woman who was killed was Kim Boutte, 55, big queen of the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi black-masking Indians, often called Mardi Gras Indians, the newspapers report.

The double shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. at a banquet hall in the 7300 block of Read Boulevard, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Boutte died. Police said the male victim was listed in stable condition, the newspapers report.

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To read the newspapers' interview with Mayor LaToya Cantrell about Boutte's death, click here.