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Rickey Frickey took WDSU Investigates Aubry Killion to the grave of his wife, Linda Frickey. Linda was dragged to death in a Mid-City carjacking in April. “It’s here,” Rickey said, pointing to his wife’s grave. “Not a night went by that I didn’t kiss him goodnight.” Rickey said he still remembered the last thing his wife said to him the day he died. “Goodbye. I love you, I’ll see you after work,” Linda said to Rickey. Rickey said she then went to work. Two hours later, she was leaving work when the unimaginable happened. Surveillance video shows four teenagers accused of killing her. “I just hope every time they hear my wife scream until the day they die,” Rickey said. Linda’s story is just one of many heartbreaking tales of carjackings in New Orleans. New Orleans residents increasingly fear being hijacked. WDSU Investigates looked at how residents can reduce their chances of becoming a victim and the city‘s hotspots for carjackings. There was a big increase in 2022. According to city data, there were 159 carjackings from January through Thursday, May 5. The highest concentration of carjackings was reported by ZIP codes. The 7117 postal code had 23, which corresponds to the area around Saint-Claude and the ninth district. There have been 18 reports of carjackings in the 70119 zip code, which is in the Mid-City and Bayou St. John areas. A total of 17 carjackings were reported in the 70126 postcode, which includes Gentilly Woods and Downman. Another 17 carjackings were reported in the 70116 postcode, which encompasses Treme, and areas around and in the French Quarter. Finally, a total of 13 carjackings were reported in the 70127 zip code, which covers parts of East New Orleans and Little Woods. You can use the map below to enter your zip code and see how many carjackings have been reported in your area. Don’t see the map? Press here. According to NOPD data, for the first three months of the year, the most diverted vehicles included Nissans, with Altimas topping the list. For Fords, pickup trucks were the vehicles most likely to be hijacked. The Honda Accords were the most diverted Honda model. Self-Defense Instructor Scott Hughes has dedicated his life to keeping people safe. Hughes said he was nearly killed in a carjacking attempt when he was 17. “At that point I realized I had been shot in the arm and I would never be a victim again (and that started my journey of being hard to kill.” Hughes said said to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, certain skills need to be learned and practiced. Hughes said to remember the basics and provided the following advice. “Tip 1 put away your cell phones don’t walk out that door be prepared to get in your car looking at your phone. If you have air pods, get them out,” Hughes said. Once inside, Hughes said to make sure your doors are locked, your windows are up and, after you start the car, get it out of park but keep your foot on “Boom. Someone’s coming, I’m hitting that gas, I’m broke,” Hughes said. He also said to make sure that carjackers don’t block your car or cut you off.” Leave a long car between you and the person in front of you, I’ll leave enough roof for an exit strategy if I have to,” Hughes said. Hughes said in seconds it will save your life. As for Rickey Frickey, he said he would give anything to get his wife Linda back. He’s still trying to figure out how to pay for a headstone. “I love her. I want her back,” Rickey said. “All the money couldn’t bring her back.” Rickey said Linda loved her family and her grandchildren. A heartbreaking story is compounded by the fact that her son has just found out he’s having another child; a grandson she will never meet. “It’s hard. I don’t know how to put it into words,” Rickey said. “She loves this grandchild like she loves her boys, her sons more than anything in the world, she did everything for them.”

Rickey Frickey took WDSU Investigates Aubry Killion to the grave of his wife, Linda Frickey.

Linda was dragged to death in a Mid-City carjacking in April.

“It’s here,” Rickey said, pointing to his wife’s grave. “Not a night went by that I didn’t kiss him goodnight.”

Rickey said he still remembered the last thing his wife said to him the day she died.

“Goodbye. I love you, I’ll see you after work,” Linda told Rickey.

Rickey said she then went to work. Two hours later, she was leaving work when the unimaginable happened.

Surveillance video shows four teenagers accused of killing her.

“I just hope every time they hear my wife scream until the day they die,” Rickey said.

Linda’s story is just one of many heartbreaking tales of carjackings across New Orleans. New Orleans residents increasingly fear being hijacked.

WDSU Investigates looked at how residents can reduce their chances of becoming a victim and the city’s hotspots for carjackings.

There was a big increase in 2022. According to city data, there were 159 carjackings from January through Thursday, May 5.

The highest concentration of carjackings was reported by ZIP codes.

The 7117 postal code had 23, which corresponds to the area around Saint-Claude and the ninth district.

There have been 18 reports of carjackings in the 70119 zip code, which is in the Mid-City and Bayou St. John areas.

A total of 17 carjackings were reported in the 70126 postcode, which includes Gentilly Woods and Downman. Another 17 carjackings were reported in the 70116 postcode, which encompasses Treme, and areas around and in the French Quarter.

Finally, a total of 13 carjackings were reported in the 70127 zip code, which covers parts of East New Orleans and Little Woods.

You can use the map below to enter your zip code and see how many carjackings have been reported in your area.

Don’t see the map? Press here.

According to NOPD data, for the first three months of the year, the most diverted vehicles included Nissans, with Altimas topping the list.

For Fords, pickup trucks were the vehicles most likely to be hijacked. The Honda Accords were the most diverted Honda model.

Self-Defense Instructor Scott Hughes has dedicated his life to keeping people safe. Hughes said he was nearly killed in a carjacking attempt when he was 17.

“The guy came running from the passenger side, he turned on my friend with brass knuckles in the face,” Hughes said. “At that point, I realized I had been shot in the arm and I would never be a victim again (and that started my journey of being hard to kill.”

Hughes said that to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, certain skills must be learned and practiced.

Hughes said don’t forget the basics and provided the following advice.

“Tip number one, put your cell phones away, don’t walk out that door getting ready to get in your car looking at your phone. If you have air pods, get them out,” Hughes said.

Once inside, says Hughes, make sure your doors are locked, your windows are up and, after starting the car, pull it out of park but keep your foot on the brake.

“Boom. Somebody come in, I hit that gas, I’m out,” Hughes said.

He also said to make sure the carjackers don’t lock your car up or cut you.

“Leave a car length between you and the person in front of you, I’ll leave enough roof for an exit strategy if I have to,” Hughes said.

Hughes said a matter of seconds can save your life.

As for Rickey Frickey, he said he would give anything to get his wife Linda back. He’s still trying to figure out how to pay for a headstone.

“I love her. I want her back,” Rickey said. “All the money couldn’t bring her back.”

Rickey said Linda loved her family and her grandchildren. A heartbreaking story is compounded by the fact that her son has just found out he’s having another child; a grandson she will never meet.

“It’s hard. I don’t know how to put it into words,” Rickey said. “She loves this grandchild like she loves her boys, her sons more than anything in the world, she did everything for them.”

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