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Fiancée of Tulane graduate fatally shot in New Orleans searching for answers

BY DELLA HASSELLE

The New Orleans Advocate

Thomas Rolfe, 25
Thomas Rolfe, 25 The New Orleans Advocate

Elizabeth Fried had just landed in New Orleans from Boston on Friday to look at venues for her wedding next year with her fiancé , 25-year-old Thomas Rolfes.

Her flight got in two hours after his, and when she got to the hotel, he had gone out with college friends, so she went to bed.

But when she woke up Saturday morning and he still wasn’t there, she knew something had gone wrong.

Then she saw a New Orleans Police Department news release saying a man had been found shot to death at Amelia Street and South Claiborne Avenue.

After several phone calls and a trip downtown, Fried, 24, helped the police identify the victim as the man she was planning to marry.

“I didn’t even get to see him,” she said Sunday.

Now, Fried is left trying to make sense of a fatal story that began when he apparently disappeared from Ms. Mae’s, a popular 24-hour bar at Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue where he had been spending time with friends, and ended on a strange corner far from the bar or his hotel.

“Police are still working out what happened,” Fried said. “How he went from Ms. Mae’s to that street where he was found. They don’t know.”

By getting information out to the public, she told The New Orleans Advocate, she hoped that someone would be able to fit more pieces of the puzzle together and help find the person who killed her fiancé .

Read the full story at The New Orleans Advocate.

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