Police have charged a New Orleans man with killing his elderly mother, who had survived cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
Tony M. DeClues, 52, stabbed Louise DeClues to death last week in a mad search for drug money, police told the Times-Picayune newspaper. Investigators say that the son confessed to killing his 73-year-old mother.
Tony DeClues has four previous convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia, and he was on probation at the time of the slaying, police say.
In addition to surviving battles with health afflictions such as cancer, Louise DeClues had endured the death of another son, Wayne, when he was only 16, the Times-Picayune reports.
"Her breast cancer was in remission for the last seven years of her life because she was a praying woman," her niece, Doris Black, told the newspaper. "She was fine with her diabetes and hypertension. It took (a murder) to take her."