Former Mitt Romney Aide Murdered in New Orleans

Thomas Rolfes of St. Louis was visiting the city to plan his wedding

The New Orleans police chief says investigators believe robbery was a motive in the weekend shooting death of a St. Louis man visiting the city to plan his wedding. 

Police Chief Michael Harrison held a news conference Monday to discuss the death of 25-year-old Thomas Rolfes, a Tulane University graduate who was in the city with his fiancee to choose a wedding venue. He said injuries on Rolfes' hands indicated there may have been a struggle.

Rolfes' body was found about 4:30 a.m. Saturday near a convenience store where surveillance video showed him buying two bottles of water an hour before. He earlier had been with friends at a bar nearly two miles away.

In a Facebook posting, former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Rolfes, whose fiancee is from Boston, had worked in his 2012 campaign. Romney called the death "a senseless and tragic loss."

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