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  Tragedy Strikes Neal Family Again

Jackie Neal murdered, ex-boyfriend charged

Jackie Neal, younger sister of Kenny Neal, and daughter of the late Raful Neal was fatally shot by a former boyfriend on March 9 in Baton Rouge, where she was a blues singer.
She released three CDs between 1995 and 2002 that blended blues, funk, and pop. Neal’s brother and band leader, Larry Neal, said his sister, who was one of ten siblings in a very musically talented family, was planning a European tour.

“She was deep into her music. Her goal was to be successful in what she did,’ he said. “She’s just a loving person.” She was the third member of the Neal family to die in the past year. Raful Neal died in September and his son, Ronnie Neal, died in April 2004. Police told the Associated Press that Neal’s former boyfriend opened fire in a crowded beauty salon before turning the gun on himself.

Another woman in the salon was critically wounded as she ran from the shooting.
Baton Rouge Police Major Pat Tauzin says Neal, who was in her late 30s, died at the scene, and both Myers and White were rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. The gunman faces counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
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