A body found in eastern New Orleans early Monday has been identified as 15-year-old Christine Marcelin, the Orleans Parish coroner's office said. Family identified the girl Tuesday, said John Gaglinao, the coroner's chief investigator. An aunt said the teen was the girlfriend of 15-year-old Brandon Adams, who was fatally shot Friday night in Desire.
A homeless man stumbled across Christine's bullet-riddled body about 7 a.m. Monday in the 5000 block of Alcee Fortier Boulevard.
Rhealina Marcelin said her niece last spoke to her mother on Sunday.
Citing ongoing investigations into the teens' deaths, officer Frank Robertson, a police spokesman, declined to say if investigators believe the killings are related.
But both were 8th graders at KIPP Believe College Prep at 1607 South Carrollton Avenue, according to the school. Christine had attended the school for three years.
Scarlett Feinberg, Christine's 6th and 7th grade math teacher, described her as someone who always put her teammates first.
"Christine always cared how other people were feeling, she put her team first always. She really cared that her friends were successful too, and she would talk to her classmates about being better. She embodied hope that we could be the change we want to see in New Orleans, and no matter how hard things were, she believed that we could all work together and make a difference. She was a deep thinker and a very thoughtful person. She wasn't afraid to be different and let her voice be heard."
Feinberg continued: "Christine wanted to open a group home called "Live, Laugh, Love" where girls could come together and become strong, confident women. She was counting down the days to start high school because it was a step closer to college, getting her degree and beginning a career helping others."
The school will hold a peace vigil at 6 p.m. tonight to remember both Brandon and Christine.