Overview of Christopher Watson
Christopher Watson was described by family and friends as a hardworking man who was always full of smiles and a great person who never got into trouble. Christopher was a husband, a son, a brother, and a friend and was loved by many more people.
It was Christmas Day in 2015. Like most families, Christopher spent the day celebrating the holiday with his family. As it got later and later that evening, Christopher finally said goodbye to everyone, kissed Dominique, and headed off to work in his Scion tC.
He worked as a streetcar mechanic at a nearby New Orleans Regional Transit Authority maintenance shed. Christopher came upon the intersections of North Broad and Bienville Streets with only about half a mile more to go. Suddenly, someone fired at least 15 rounds at Christopher as he sat in his vehicle, killing him. At 9:50 pm, the streets were always busy, and there were still plenty of people out and about. There had to be plenty of witnesses who heard and saw the chaos unfold.
Meanwhile, Dominique was waiting for his call, telling her he had made it to work, as they had done many times before. But this time would be different. She decided to use an app to track his cellphone and found it was at the intersection of North Broad and Bienville streets. She headed to where his phone was and came upon the blue lights. She hoped it was just a car accident, but instead, her life would be changed forever.
Unfortunately, this family was no stranger to tragedy. Christopher’s brother, Darrick Brasley, had been murdered 3 years prior in New Orleans on 11/25/2012.
While reviewing the surveillance video, authorities noticed that several cars passed the shooting scene at the time of the murder, yet, very few tips have been received from the public.
Approximately three weeks later, authorities released an image of a dark-colored or possibly a maroon-colored sedan from an area surveillance camera. Police are also interested in speaking with the driver of that vehicle and said that after flying away from the scene, the car continued downriver on North Broad Street, then took a right onto Orleans Avenue toward North Galvez Street.
Investigators are still looking for possible suspects and motives, and no arrests have been made. This case is still open.