Today, we are heartbroken to hear that the body of a man identified as David Lee Thompson was found floating in the Orleans Relief Canal along the Lafitte Greenway. We do not want to speculate on the details of his passing until we know more.

Safety of Lafitte Greenway users and community members is our utmost concern. We continue to advocate for fencing around the full perimeter of the Orleans Relief Canal, and for safe and secure canal crossings.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mr. Thompson.

We will be sharing updates on the story as it unfolds below.


December 11, 2015

11:20 am WGNO: Body found in Lafitte Street canal

11:48 am  Mid-City Messenger: Body found floating in canal near Lafitte Greenway

11:55 am Man's body found in Mid-City canal, New Orleans police say

12:00 pm WWL: Relatives fear body found in canal was man bringing Bible to girlfriend

6:56 pm  WDSU: Floating Bible in canal near Lafitte Greenway leads to body discovery, family members say

10:08 pm The New Orleans Advocate: Body found Friday morning near Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans


December 13, 2015

11:19am WDSU: Local pastors demand action after dangerous route kills church member

Sophie Vorhoff


Executive Director at Friends of Lafitte Corridor