NOPD books man in killing of volunteer

An 18-year-old New Orleans man was booked with murder Thursday for allegedly driving an SUV as his passenger gunned down a teenage AmeriCorps volunteer in April.

Glen Emerson was captured Thursday at an apartment in the 6900 block of Morrison Road in New Orleans East, more than a month after police issued a warrant for his arrest.

He was booked with second-degree murder.

Joseph Massenburg, an 18-year-old preacher’s son from Illinois, was in town working with the volunteer group on rebuilding programs. He lived on Eagle Street, a few blocks from Green Light New Orleans, the nonprofit where he worked.

He was walking near his home talking on his cellphone just before 11 p.m. April 1.

Emerson allegedly pulled up in a white Lexus SUV. His passenger opened fire.

Massenburg was shot multiple times.

He died a short time later at the hospital.

His death gripped the city’s service community, which held a number of vigils in his honor.

His father, a Chicago pastor, implored volunteers to honor his son by continuing to serve.

The teen was described by his AmeriCorps colleagues as selfless, a rare young man who’d committed his life to helping anyone in need. He had planned to join the Army when he finished his volunteer work.

Emerson faces an automatic life sentence if found guilty as charged.

Police have not yet identified the gunman.

The NOPD issued an arrest warrant for Emerson on May 24, and had been looking for him since.

Anyone with information on the shooting or other suspects is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.