A week before he was gunned down , 30-year-old Zachary Carpenter pressed his hands into soil beneath Interstate 610, and built a community garden under an underpass.
The space, near the corner of Paris Avenue and Pleasure Street in Gentilly, was adjacent to the popular skatepark Parasite, a site that Carpenter had helped establish, and a place he spent much of his free time working to improve.
Carpenter dug and planted, and after he finished, he characteristically got on his skateboard, and started to shred.
Friends and family gathered at the park Sunday afternoon to honor Carpenter, who one person called "the skateboarding philanthropist." Rather than grieve, they grilled hot dogs and popped wheelies.
Carpenter, who family members say moved to New Orleans eight months after Hurricane Katrina to help the rebuilding effort, was a skilled laborer with construction experience, but eventually settled at a job at Best Buy, where