The woman's arm was severed as she was dislodged from the vehicle and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A fatal carjacking that took place in New Orleans on March 21, 2022 has claimed the life of a 73-year-old woman. Four juveniles involved have been arrested, the New Orleans Police Department wrote in a news release on March 22, 2022.
A 17-year-old male, a 16-year-old female, and two 15-year-old females were booked at the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center on one count of second-degree murder, according to the NOPD. Because the suspects are minors, their names and photos have not been released.
The teenagers are accused of carjacking Linda Frickey around 1:30 pm in the Mid-City area, while she was leaving her job at Security Plan Insurance. They dragged the 73-year-old for more than a block while she remained tangled in the driver's side seatbelt, per local news station WDSU.
Her arm was severed as she was dislodged from the vehicle and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Family of Linda Frickey, killed by horrific carjacking, tells us about the loved one suddenly taken from them: #fb @WWLTVhttps://t.co/psSNxTBx24 https://t.co/oUXW1KPY6H— Meg Farris (@megfarrisWWL) March 23, 2022
After the crime, the parents of the teens turned them in for their heinous crime, it was reported. "The mother of one of the 15-year-old female suspects turned her daughter in to police. Later in the evening, officers located and arrested the male suspect and one of the female suspects at the location after receiving information from the male suspect's parents," NOPD wrote. "The remaining female suspect surrendered to police this morning (March 22)."
"This was an incredibly difficult decision, on the behalf of these parents, and I want to commend them for doing the right thing," NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said in a press conference on Tuesday. "It's very painful to turn in your child for something you know they were not raised to be."
Witnesses who watched the incident unfold tried to intervene. "I got out of my vehicle screaming, 'Stop, stop, you are dragging someone.' He took off with the vehicle. Still dragging her. Reckless. No care for human beings at all," Todd Ecker recalled.
As for Frickey's family, they are still in shock over what has happened. Her husband had just retired, and Frickey was also planning on retiring in a month. The couple was looking forward to spending more time together with each other and with friends and family—including their granddaughter, according to Fox8.
This was 73 yr old Linda Frickey. She was a mother, grandmother, aunt & friend, who was the victim of a carjacking & dragged to her death yesterday. This is what New Orleans has become now. City officials should ashamed & be held accountable for their negligence. Do better NOLA!! pic.twitter.com/iZJIY4fJx7— Tina (@TheNolaGirl) March 22, 2022
"She never met a stranger. If you go to the store with Linda, you're doing a two-hour stay. You can never just pop in and pop out," her sister, Jinny Griffin, told NOLA.com. "It's just so senseless. Linda did not deserve this. Nobody deserves this," Frickey's sister-in-law, Kathy Richard, added.
"Linda should have lived to be 100 years old, still helping everybody," Richard told Fox8 in a separate interview. "She didn't have the chance to see her son get married next year and her granddaughter was only seven years old. She didn't get enough time with her. She did not deserve to go that way."
🚨Warning. Disturbing video. 🚨— wdsu (@wdsu) March 22, 2022
Linda Frickey's family asked that we share this video with the public of the moments leading up to the carjacking that claimed her life. They want to bring awareness to the crime problem in the city. View at your own risk >> https://t.co/XQyYaw0BQr pic.twitter.com/VMOltcWu8R
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