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Once they learned they weren’t going to come back to New Orleans instantly, Gailiunas, Hill, and Francis headed again to Hill’s adolescence native land in South Carolina. “We stayed in Columbia for a year,” Gailiunas tells me. “She labored on her movie, The Florestine assortment. I went again 16 days after the hurricane and needed to battle through blocks of water as much as my waist to get to my condo. Helen and that i went again a month later, round Halloween, and wiped clean out our condo, bought all her movie stuff. ” But Hill couldn’t allow New Orleans move. Gailiunis used to be wary—Katrina destroyed the medical institution he began, and the specter of violence, average or synthetic, frightened him. Hill enlisted their tight-knit workforce of pals to ship postcards to Gailiunis, recruit him to come back. Many stated, easily, “We want you. ” The couple back on Katrina’s one-year anniversary. The temper through the anniversary parade used to be quite positive. a feeling that anything solid may possibly pop out of all this, that grass-roots activism and public investment may possibly make a greater New Orleans, prevailed. 4 months later, Hill was once killed in a home-invasion theft. Gailiunis was once shot thrice whereas protecting Francis. He and Francis survived. In a heartbreaking letter to The Times-Picayune presently after Hill’s homicide, Gailiunas wrote, “I lived in worry of the violence and unpredictability that has turn into a regular truth of existence, yet Helen enjoyed New Orleans with an excellent ardour. She was once content material simply whilst she was once in New Orleans, strolling one of the previous shotgun homes, admiring the morning glories and magnolia bushes and Spanish moss, hearing WWOZ, straining to trap a Zulu coconut…bringing viewers to the partner's mother front room, and cooking vegetarian models of recognized Creole dishes…No one goes to mend New Orleans for you. you want to do it yourselves…and for my negative, candy spouse. i do know this can be what she would need. ” Three years later, I succeed in Gailiunas in la, the place he too now lives. He’s unlikely again to New Orleans, yet he nonetheless cares approximately it. He additionally doesn’t blame Helen for brand new Orleans’s deadly kiss. “She was once a far much less apprehensive individual than i used to be. the explanation I deliver that up: the final couple months earlier than she died—I’d by no means noticeable this in her—she certainly began to pay attention to our security. while the typhoon occurred a bit a part of me used to be pondering, this simply offers me one more reason by no means again. ” Gailiunas pauses earlier than carrying on with. “I particularly revered Helen, and she or he had this spirit of let’s be a part of rebuilding New Orleans…But you recognize, i used to be prepared. I obtained a role with Daughters of Charity. They run clinical clinics that look after uninsured humans and that’s what i admire to do. We made the choice jointly. She was once beautiful thinking about it, she was once relatively, rather excited. ” i used to be in Las Vegas in January 2010 while the Saints stole the NFC championship out from below the Minnesota Vikings. A stranger in a black Saints jersey hugged me after noticing the Saints hat on my head. Laissez les bon temps rouler, she stated with a wink.