Metarie, LA: LuCretia Hampton laid to rest

Domestic violence victim laid to rest


A New Orleans mother of six, who was a victim of domestic violence, was laid to rest Saturday in Central City.

The wailing of several hundred mourners could be heard for several blocks outside the service at the Majestic Mortuary.


Just a few hours after her daughter ran into traffic on Interstate 10 trying to escape a brutal argument with her boyfriend, Sheila Hampton made a call to a trusted family adviser. Pastor Marie Galatas said she picked up the phone about midnight, less than three hours after LuCretia Hampton was fatally injured by two vehicles.

“She told me: ‘Pastor I can’t move. I don’t know what to do.’ She said, ‘My baby is dead.’

“I didn’t know what to say.”

On Saturday at 11 a.m., however, they will say goodbye to 35-year-oldLuCretia Hampton Brown, who lived in Violet and leaves behind six children. The funeral is at Majestic Mortuary Service, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans.

Lucretia Hampton, A/K/A Quita

Sheila Hampton lost her daughter Sunday night on Interstate 10 in Metairie.  “My daughter was 35, a pretty fine girl,” said Hampton.  “She’s got 6 children. She was a good child.”

Lucretia Hampton, also known as Quita, was with 39-year-old George Cummings of New Orleans Sunday night.  She was driving and had pulled off to the side of the road.  State Police say around 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 calls started coming in reporting a man beating a woman on the shoulder of the interstate.

According to Louisiana State Police, Hampton took off running along the interstate to get away and flag down help.  Troopers say she ran onto the interstate.  She was hit by a pick-up truck and an SUV.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.


 Woman fleeing boyfriend’s beating runs into I-10 traffic, is killed


George Cummings IV

Lorenzo Hampton was suspicious when he got a phone call from his sister’s boyfriend with shocking news. Lucretia Hampton had stopped her vehicle alongside Interstate 10 in Metairie to relieve herself, walked into traffic and was killed by two passing trucks.

“I know my sister,” he said Monday. “There’s no way she would do that on the side of the road. No way.”

Instead, State Police say, Lucretia Hampton, 35, had been driving east on I-10 near Veterans Memorial Boulevard with her boyfriend, George Washington Cummings IV, 39, when she pulled over because he was beating her. The couple got out of the car and continued fighting on the highway.

Fleeing Cummings, Hampton ran along the shoulder and eventually into the highway to flag down a motorist. She was hit by two vehicles and pronounced dead at the scene, said Melissa Matey, spokeswoman forState Police Troop B.

Cummings was booked with manslaughter and second-degree battery. Bond information was not available Monday.


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