Their own lives taken, these New Orleans homicide victims gave life to others

Even a bit of peace can prove elusive in the aftermath of a family member’s murder.

Losing a loved one to homicide sets in motion an ever-present grief compounded by the torment of unanswered questions, punishing social stigmas, grueling treks through the justice system and the agony of knowing another human being decided to pull the trigger.

In some cases, a homicide victim becomes a hero to someone.

According to Kirsten Heintz and Dana Tucker with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), a nonprofit that manages organ and tissue recovery and the donor registry in Louisiana, organ donations are final acts of selflessness, gifts that can reshape grim narratives.

“It’s something beautiful and positive that can come out of something tragic,” Tucker said.

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