Mourners Gather to Remember how 40 Years Ago, City Reeled

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Members of the New Orleans Police Department paused Monday to recognize the officers and others killed in the Howard Johnson's sniper incident 40 years ago. Gunman Mark Essex killed five officers and several civilians in a killing spree that climaxed with his death on the rooftop of the downtown New Orleans hotel. A police officer since 1965, William J. Trepagnier salutes during the memorial service. Trap, as he is known throughout the department, was on the scene at the Howard Johnson's 40 years ago.

  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Members of the New Orleans Police Department paused Monday to recognize the officers and others killed in the Howard Johnson's sniper incident 40 years ago. Gunman Mark Essex killed five officers and several civilians in a killing spree that climaxed with his death on the rooftop of the downtown New Orleans hotel. Mayor Mitch Landrieu meets with the family of police cadet Alfred Harrell, who was shot to death by Mark Essex in the days leading up to the Howard Johnson's sniper incident. They are Glenna Burgess, Harrell's mother, Alfred Harrell III, his son, and Alton Harrell, his twin brother.