Three teenagers were arrested and charged in the murder of a pastor’s wife.
Police officers said Jeannot Franco Plessy, 49, was forced out of her car and thrown to the ground outside her daughter’s house in New Orleans on Nov. 27.
The teens who took the vehicle ran over Plessy with it before fleeing the scene.
The pastor’s wife died that night from blunt force trauma suffered when she was run over.
The New Orleans Police Department said three teenagers were identified as the carjackers and arrested, identifying two of them.
Jontrell Robinson, 17, was charged with second-degree murder and carjacking while Edwin Cottrell, 18, was arrested and charged with being a principal to second-degree murder and a principal to carjacking.
The juvenile who wasn’t named was hit with the same charges as Cottrell.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to notify the department’s Homicide Division at 504-658-5300.
The three children of Plessy’s who were present at the carjacking told Fox 8 she was an amazing woman. “She did everything she could for the community. They served red beans every Monday in Central City. She just came back from a trip where she was a speaker through Samoa,” Nadia Sanchez, Plessy’s oldest daughter, said.
Her husband tried to intervene in the carjacking and was injured in the process. He’s still recovering in the hospital, Sanchez said, describing his injuries as internal bleeding and severe road rash.
Plessy was remembered as an avid Christian who helped her husband David Plessy run Crossover Christian Fellowship. Their ministry started by handing out clothing and meals to homeless people.
David Plessy remembered someone helping him when he was down on his luck and wanted to provide the same hope for others.
Jeannot Plessy was a domestic abuse survivor who had just returned from an evangelical trip to Somoa for the island’s domestic violence awareness month.
“When I think about this person, I think about the wonderful invitation that would be available to him and pray that he would come to know the Lord that my wife patterned her life after and for,” David Plessy told the New Orleans Advocate.
“She lived out her life selflessly,” he added. “She was extremely loving, endlessly caring, unconditionally forgiving.”
Jeannot Plessy’s brother, Luis Franco, said his sister changed dramatically when she became a Christian.
“Nobody can even believe it,” he said of her death. “She’s a really good person, just going to pick up her kids.”
Amazing presence of God with the precious people of American Samoa 2018
Plessy’s obituary described her as a lifelong resident of New Orleans who served meals every week to those in need.
She also “organized outreaches to benefit those in need throughout New Orleans,” the obituary said.
“She was a pastor of Crossover Christian Fellowship, a ministry she and her husband, Pastor David Plessy, started,” it continued.
“While her primary role was as a wife, mother, and minister in the community, she found great joy in taking care of her ‘grand dolls,’ Trinity and Nora, every day.”
He funeral was held on Dec. 3 in Metairie. A GoFundMe for the family has raised over $20,000.