Deborah "Big Red" Cotton


Age: 52

writer and cultural advocate who moved to New Orleans in 2005 just before Hurricne Katrina struck and covered New Orleans' street culture for Gambit Weekly documenting the city's uniqueness for years, who was among 20 people wounded during a 2013 Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, Louisiana when she lost a kidney and gall bladder, half her stomach, and parts of her intestines and pancreas from one of the bullets sprayed as the Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club was leading its annual neighborhood Mother's Day parade in 2013 in New Orleans' 7th Ward.

Cause of Death: Complications of gunshot wounds

Born: January 23, 1965

Died: May 2, 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana