“Now, who gonna pop me?” – Anthony “Messy Mya” Barre
Wildly popular New Orleans comedian and bounce artist Anthony “Messy Mya” Barre was laid to rest today. Barre was also known by the nickname “Coo” and was a beloved figure on the bounce scene. He was the grandson of Stan “Pampy” Barre, a former New Orleans politician.
Barre was also a You Tube and local entertainment sensation with a seemingly bright future and by all accounts, he was looking forward to the birth of his son. Like so many other young men in New Orleans, Messy Mya’s life was cut short by a senseless shooting on North Rocheblave in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. In the minutes following the murder, the internet was flooded with news of Barre’s death. In an even more sickening turn of events, at least one individual posted a picture of the crime scene on Twitter.
New Orleans police spent a good portion of the week developing the case and were able to identify a suspect, despite the usual claims that no one saw what happened.
Jefferson Parish authorities arrested 24-year old Jason Baptiste Hamilton this morning at West Jefferson Medical Center, after receiving a call that the wanted man was at the facility seeking medical treatment. Hamilton was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and is expected to be transferred to Orleans Parish for booking on the murder charge. Police have not yet released a motive.
As friends and family of Barre ceremonially laid him to rest, they called on the public to stop the violence that has plagued New Orleans for far too long.
Barre was known for his wild antics that were most often captured on video and posted on the internet for the world to view. He was known to ambush attendees of his show and insult their hair, clothing and any other item that might garner a laugh, in a routine he called “booking”. He would often hurl his insult and finish it off with the words, “Now, who gonna pop me?” This was almost prophetic as to his demise.
While the sheer shock value of his routine was well known, Barre was also becoming a popular bounce artist who was often billed on the same ticket with Sissy Nobby and other similar artists.
Barre will be truly missed. His flamboyance and outspoken attitude will be difficult to duplicate. Prayers go out to his friends and family. Let this be a lesson, New Orleans. The time for such senseless violence is up. We have to do better.