Widow seeks justice for NOLA firefighter killed in Memphis

Dominique Howard (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Dominique Howard (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The widow of a New Orleans firefighter gunned down outside a Memphis nightclub is searching for answers in her husband's death.

"We lost a great man, and I want them to know that," Dominique Howard said.

Gregory Howard was an innocent bystander when he was shot outside the Mynt Lounge on Hacks Cross Road last month. He was in town last month to play in a first responders basketball tournament with Memphis Police Department.

He never made it to the game or back home to his family.

"I'm still in disbelief. It's still very hard that my husband and my kids father isn't here with us," Dominique said.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said the shooting started with a fight inside the bar that spilled into the parking lot. Two people began shooting at each other and a stray bullet hit Howard.

Despite numerous surveillance cameras in the area of the shooting, a month has passed without any updates on who killed Gregory.

Dominique said she plans to travel to Memphis in October to get answers.

"Maybe somebody will say anything that can help [find] any leads in the case, so that the person that did this can be prosecuted for it," Dominique said. "[Investigators] have been doing their best, but the reason why we're coming out there is so that we can provide my husbands story to Memphis."

Gregory was a 9-year veteran of the fire department. He leaves behind two young sons.

"I mean, this is somebody that I spent the last 18 years of my life with, and because he was such a hands-on father, it's hard for them, especially my 10-year-old," Dominique said.

Dominique hopes that if more people hear how much he mattered to their family and how much he was loved, someone might come forward with information.

"People get afraid or whatever the situation is, but I mean if this was their husband or mother or father, they would want somebody to come forward," Dominique said. "I just want somebody to have that same kind of impact so that justice can be sought for my husband, because he didn't deserve to die like that."

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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