District struggles to come to terms with officer's suicide
By Trymaine Lee, Staff writer
Copyright 2005 The Times-Picayune Publishing Company
It's not the way a cop is supposed to die. Not by his own gun. Not when those who look up to him need him most. But with a pistol pressed to his head, 7th District officer Lawrence Celestine squeezed the trigger, as another officer, a relative, stood by helplessly.
Celestine had soldiered through Hurricane Katrina's immediate aftermath, but never made it to see the weekend.