New Orleans (WGNO) -- The guys who run one of the newer, hip burger places in town started to think that they might be possibly being haunted by the spirit of a woman who died the day after Hurricane Katrina.
Owners of Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar on the corner of Magazine
and Jackson streets turned to a popular New Orleans artist to help the
woman's spirit rest in peace.
Charcoal's opened in early 2012, but before it was built, it was the burial site for Hurricane Katrina victim, Vera Smith.
At the time of her death, Smith was 65 years old. Smith was killed
in a hit and run accident by a drunk
driver. She was walking on the
corner of Jackson and Magazine streets one night. Her body laid in the
street for five days. Neighbors said she bled out into the street.
Authorities ignored her body because it was their priority to tend to
the living first in the aftermath of the storm. Neighbors decided to
make a makeshift grave memorial for her because she was well-known in
the community. The makeshift memorial sat on this property until
Charcoal's was built in 2012.
Smith's body was later cremated and her ashes were taken to Texas
and spread on her parent's grave site. Although, she's physically gone,
Co-owner of Charcoal's, Craig Walker said her spirit is definitely still
"I think there's a strong sense of the after-life in New Orleans. Many believe in voodoo and spirits here," he said.
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