Small town of Sunset tries to make sense of Wednesday’s slayings — and loss of two beloved community members

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Wilbert Johnson and his daughter, Shaterral Johnson, talk Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, about the knife attack on his wife, Jacqueline, Shaterral's mother and daughters Shameka and Surlay Johnson, Shaterral's sisters, that occurred Wednesday evening on Anna Street in Sunset. Shameka Johnson and responding Sunset police Officer Henry Nelson, who was shot after his weapon was taken from him by the suspect, were both killed in the attack, police said.

He was somewhat of an outsider to this small town straddling a rural highway of antique shops, liquor stores and Cajun-inflected art and music joints. Those who knew the four Johnson sisters, one of whom was slain Wednesday and another critically knifed on the very lawn where they were raised in Sunset, population… Continue reading →

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