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June 17, 2011

Notary in Louisiana murdered in home invasion

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.

(1) A notary in Louisiana was murdered in his home by an armed gunman while he was cooking gumbo!
(2) The housemate of the notary threw his body over the 3 y/o to protect him from the gunfire!


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  1. Thanks for the well wishes to his family and friends, I am a fellow Notary and friend who valued his education and mentorship. I ask that all Notaries in Southeastern Louisiana review the composite sketch of the assailant and keep an eye out to help Anthony’s killer to justice.

    Comment by Charles — June 19, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  2. So sorry to hear. May the Lord bless his family and provide them comfort.

    Comment by Claudia Capizzo — July 18, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

  3. I was very sorry to hear of this innocent person losing his life so tragically, I am new to 123 Notary and this is my first blog post, I live in Maine and we have a lot of remote area that I have had assignments, being female and considering my last closing ended at 11:30pm in the evening, it has crossed my mind that there is always a chance to find ones self in a dangerous situation, this poor man was presumably safe at home. we are all a large family here and I am truly sorry of the loss. Linda

    Comment by Linda — July 30, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

  4. Such a sad story! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this tragic time. Although, his murder is not related to signings. You still have to be careful! Do your homework before you go out on a signing. Stay out of bad areas, if you are a woman and signing for a single man – leave the all information with your spouse or partner, have your spouse call your cell phone 1 hr into the signing to make sure you are okay, Google Earth is a good tool to get an idea of what the area you are going to. If your gut tells you it isn’t safe – Decline the signing! Stay safe and happy signings!!

    Comment by Deanna — August 28, 2011 @ 3:11 am

  5. It makes me wonder if the intruders had used him as a Notary prior to the invasion. My mother welcomes all into hr home to sign. She doesn’t live in the best part of town so I worry about her being harmed and robbed by a total stranger.

    Comment by Sandy — December 12, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  6. As his only daughter I still morn over my father’s presence on this earth. He was a loving, caring, comedic, live life to the fullest individual and to this day I still miss his chuckle. Unfortunately, to my knowledge the murderer hasn’t been found nor prosecuted. Justice is a little closure but nothing can replace his smile.

    Comment by Erika Wilmore — May 2, 2017 @ 6:27 am

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    Comment by Maria Ferrell — March 9, 2018 @ 8:25 am

  9. I just found this sad notice about Mr. Wilmore I’m sorry to hear this. I was looking for Mr Wilmore because he notarized my dad POA in 2010 and I need to get another True copy. Can you tell me what can I do to get a copy or is there someone still running he business? Again I’m so sorry for the family I have sense moved from New Orleans,

    Comment by Betty Triggs — August 10, 2018 @ 6:58 am

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