A Louisiana notary on our database was murdered in his Louisiana home by an armed gunman in June 2011. Two adult residents and a three year old were at home cooking gumbo when a young man aged 19-23 entered the house and opened fire. One of the residents covered the three year old with his body to protect it from gunfire. That resident named Keith Hamilton was shot, but lived after a brief stay in the hospital. The other resident, who was a well known Louisiana notary public and loan signer named Anthony Wilmore was shot twice in the chest and lower back and died.
Anthony has been listed on 123notary for several years now on our Louisiana Notary search results, and it is very sad and tragic to learn of his untimely death. We have never had anything like this happen to any of our members before. We have had members fall victem to cancer, hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires, but nobody died so suddenly like he did in such an unusual situation. Most notaries are afraid of going to someone else’s house who might be psychotic, but this notary got into trouble staying at home cooking dinner!
Anthony lived in Orleans Parish in Louisiana in New Orleans. That is a city that is filled with a festive energy, great food, great music, and great people. Unfortunately, tragedy seems to hit that city on a regular basis. Hurricanes, oil spills, high unemployment, and a high homicide rate as well plague the area. I visited New Orleans briefly and enjoyed it thoroughly. Luckily, my four days there didn’t permit me to see anything tragic other than the aftermath of their hurricane. The only reminders visable were the waterline on some of the houses that was still there. The damage had all long been cleaned up when I got there. I have been told that some of the better restaurants relocated to Baton Rouge as well.
We grieve for Anthony and those who were close to him. For the other notaries, I hope that nothing like this ever happens again. Cancer, strokes and heart attacks are common killers of notaries though. So, please take lots of antioxidants, exercise, eat healthy foods, and see the doctor regularly. Most of these health issues can be detered with a healthy lifestyle.
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