Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by PEM0
Kaylan Ward, 16, was killed last week on Interstate 10
The mother of Kaylan Ward speaks volumes to the youth as she suffered the loss of her daughter, Ward’s mom had a message for the teen’s friends: “Stop sneaking.”
“Young people don’t want to listen to your parents,” Kenisha Martin-Nelson said. “This is what happens when you don’t listen.
Orleans Coroner identifies deceased woman found on I-10
At a vigil honoring her 16-year-old daughter who was killed on Interstate 10 last week, Kaylan .
Ward’s body was found early June 4 on the eastbound Interstate 10 overpass near Bullard Avenue in eastern New Orleans.
It appeared Ward was killed while walking or attempting to cross the interstate in the dark, according to a source.
Her body was in the right shoulder emergency lane of the interstate. Police said she was trying to get a ride to North Miro Street around midnight.
New Orleans police said they still are investigating her death.
“If my child would have just been honest with me, my child would be here,” Martin-Nelson said. “Y’all would be in my backyard doing something,” instead of in the front for a vigil.
Nearly 200 people gathered in front of Martin-Nelson’s house Tuesday (June 9) night to remember Ward.
Kaylan Ward Vigil
Kaylan Ward’s family and friends remembered the teen killed on I-10.
Stuffed animals, candles, purple flowers and a pair of gold dance shoes surrounded a large picture of her in the driveway.
Friends and family released purple balloons into the sky. They wore purple shirts, and many women wore purple lipstick. Purple, friends said, was Ward’s favorite color.
Affectionately called “Kay Money” and “Kween Kay,” friends said Ward loved to dance. She was a member of the Classy Dolls dance team that performs in parades.
Kiyante Myers, who’s known Ward and her family for 18 years, called the teen “smart” and “brilliant.”
She said Ward had the kind of laugh that made everyone else laugh.
Long-time friend Nikki Wilson said Ward had a lot of friends.
Seeing the crowd gathered at her mom’s house Tuesday, no one would dispute that.
“This is Kaylan,” Martin-Nelson said, gesturing to the people gathered in her front yard and in the street. “She loved a party and good friends.”
Martin-Nelson called Ward her “first love,” and said she believes the driver who struck here daughter will be found.
“Was she perfect?” she asked. “No. I had a rebellious child, but I loved her through it all. She did not deserve to die like this.”