New details in evacuee murder case
Corrine Labat Hingle has called Memphis home for more than a month. She came here to escape Hurricane Katrina. The Memphis & Shelby County Community Services Agency helped place her in the Autumnwood Apartments.
"We have really been blessed to have so many good people come into our lives," says Labat-Hingle.
Hurricane evacuee Samuel Hill wasn't so lucky. The Harvey, Louisiana native was shot and killed in a parking inside the Oakview apartments. It happened Tuesday night. It was just one day after he signed a lease.
"Devastating," says Shandrian Guinn with the CSA.
Everyone at the Community Services Agency has taken the news pretty hard. But they say Hill wanted to live at Oakview despite the fact that it's not on the agency's referral list and despite the advice of case-workers.
"Well, they had concerns," says Guinn.
Concerns turned out to be pretty valid.
"Unfortunately," adds Guinn.
Officials say they cannot tell an evacuee where not to live. But they can advise them to make wise choices when it comes to picking a place. They say Hill had family who lived at Oakview. He stayed there himself before applying for his own apartment.
"It was his choice," says Guinn.
The CSA has helped more than 1400 evacuees find homes in the Memphis area.
"I know we're very fortunate," says Corrine Labat-Hingle.
Fortunate, like the vast majority of evacuees.
Evacuees still come into the Community Services Agency everyday looking for help. Officials tell Action News 5 Oakview Apartments will no longer be an option.