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Weinstock St. residents complained about trees before limb killed Shreveport woman

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Wednesday’s severe weather rocked the ArkLaTex—bringing down power lines and trees. Unfortunately one tree limb that fell in Shreveport, hit a woman and killed her.

Connie Wilson, 64, was trying to get home before the storm got really bad yesterday, walking down Weinstock Street towards Norma Avenue. She was in the middle of the 1900 block when a tree branch from a big oak tree fell across the road. It hit Wilson and eventually killed her.

“She was the hot momma,” laughed Rashima McMillon, Wilson’s niece. “I can say she was the one that had the body. She had the beautiful dimples. She was just full of life.”

Rashima McMillon does not remember her Aunt Connie ever being upset and says she always made people laugh.

Connie Yvonne Wilson celebrated her 64th birthday only six days before the storm that took her life.

“It was one of these accidents that probably could have been prevented, if action would have been taken earlier.”

Action like cutting back or even removing trees along Weinstock Street. Residents say they have asked the city to take care of the rotten timber for at least eight years now.

“When a storm comes, limbs fall in our yards and on the house,” said Johnny Gay, a Weinstock Street resident. “I had one fall on my house but it didn't do any damage.”

City crews cleaned up the street this morning but left other limbs hanging and tree where the killer limb fell from still standing.

“I believe they're going to come get this here, but as far as cleaning the rest of it up I don't think they're going come out,” Gay said. “Because they've been telling us this for the longest--that they're going to do this and do that but they haven't done it yet.”

“It was a big piece of a limb that fell and killed my aunt,” McMillon. “I would hate for it to fall and hit somebody else and take their life.”

Connie Wilson's family will hold a candle light vigil in the 1900 block of Weinstock Street Thursday night at 7:30pm. The public is welcome to come.

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