Tulane grad visiting New Orleans to find venue for wedding killed

TOWN, THEY HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE SUNDAY NIGHT.

THEY SAY THE ENTIRE SITUATION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A NIGHTMARE.

24-YEAR-OLD LIZ FRIED IS STILL TRYING TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE DEATH OF HER FIANCEE, THOMAS ROLFES.

>> MY WORLD CAME CRASHING DOWN, WHEN I GOT THE PHONE CALL THAT IT WAS HIM.

I DON'T KNOW HOW I'M GOING TO GET BY.

HE WAS MY EVERYTHING.

TRAVERS: ROLFES, A 2011 TULANE GRAD WHO ARRIVED IN THE CITY FRIDAY TO PICK OUT WEDDING VENUES WITH FRIED — WAS FOUND SHOT AND KILLED IN CENTRAL CITY AROUND 4:30 SATURDAY MORNING.

HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE PERSON WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE TRAVERS: HERE'S WHAT COPS KNOW — ROLFES IS SEEN IN THIS SURVEILLANCE ENTERING A GA STATION ON CLAIBORNE AVENUE, AROUND 3:30 A.

M.

, BUYING TWO BOTTLES OF WATER AND THEN LEAVING.

THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN LESS THEN 1 HOUR BEFORE HE WAS FOUND DEAD AT AMELIA AND CLAIBORNE HE WAS SHOT ONCE IN THE CHEST.

THE STORE OWNER SAYS ROLFES WASN'T ALONE.

>> THERE WAS SOMEBODY WITH HIM I AM SURE, BECAUSE WHEN HE GOT TWO BOTTLES OF WATER, SOMEBODY WAS WAITING FOR HIM.

TRAVERS: FRIED SAYS ROLFES WAS AT AN UPTOWN BAR FRIDAY NIGHT, BEFORE HE SOMEHOW ENDED UP IN CENTRAL CITY — COPS BELIEVES THEY KNOW THE MOTIVE IN HER FIANCE'S DEATH.

AT THIS TIME, WE BELIEVE MOTIVE IS THE ROBBERY, AND AT SOME POINT, THE ROBBERY TURNED DEADLY.

HIS WALLET IS MISSING AND BY THE INJURIES ON HIS HANDS, IT APPEARS THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A STRUGGLE.

TRAVERS: COPS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW ROLFES ENDED UP CENTRAL CITY, SECURITY EXPERT MIKE CAHN SAYS VIDEO OUT BE KEY.

GO BACK TO CAMERAS.

YOU HAVE TO WALK THE ENTIRE AREA, LOOK FOR ANY CAMERAS ON BUSINESSES OUR HOUSES THAT YOU CAN GET VIDEO FROM.

TRAVERS: THE FAMILY IN TOWN FROM ST.

LOUIS, AND THEY JUST WANT CLOSURE.

>> LET US KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR SON, AND GIVE US PEACE THAT WE KNOW HOW THE LAST HOUR OF HIS LIFE WAS SPENT.

TRAVERS: POLICE ARE ALSO TRYING TO DETERMINE WHY ROLFES BOUGHT TWO WATERS FROM THE CONVEIENCE STOR POLICE WANT TO KNOW IF THERE WAS SOMEONE WAITING FOR HIM OR WITH HIM OUTSI.

THEY ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE GOT FROM AN UPTOWN BAR TO THAT PAR OF CLAIBORNE AVENUE.

THEY DON'T KNOW IF HE WALKED OR TOOK SOME FORM OF TRANSPORTATION'S.

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Couple scrambling to find wedding venue after inn closes without warning

(MM) TIME NOW FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS CALL 12 FOR ACTION.

EARLIER THIS WEEK–WE TOLD YOU THE VILLA BANQUET AND RESTAURANT IN WEST WARWICK SHUT DOWN.

NOW–ANOTHER A LOCAL RESTAURANT AND WEDDING VENUE JUST CLOSED, AND A BRIDE TOLD US—- HER DEPOSIT WASN'T RETURNED.

(KS) SO EYEWITNESS NEWS CONSUMER REPORTER SUSAN CAMPBELL WENT SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS.

SUSAN? (SC) THE BRIDE SAYS SHE PAID 800 DOLLARS UP FRONT.

AND SHE SAYS – SHE HAD TO HEAR IT FROM A FRIEND – THAT HER WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE HAD CLOSED.

JESSICA TEMPLETON AND HER FIANCE HAVE BEEN PLANNING THEIR WEDDING FOR MONTHS.

THE DATE IS SET.

THESE HAND-CRAFTED CENTERPIECES ARE COMING TOGETHER.

AND THE INVITATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PRINTED.

BUT THE COUPLE IS SCRAMBLING TO FIND A NEW RECEPTION VENUE.

BECAUSE THE ONE THEY BOOKED.

THE CARRIAGE INN AND SALOON.

JUST CLOSED.

13:37:23 I still have not heard anything from them.

it sort of is confusing and frustrating bc I only have months to plan this wedding and now I need to find a major part of it again.

:34 THE COUPLE IS INVITING 103 PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR BIG DAY.

THEY CHOSE THE CARRIAGE INN – BECAUSE IT HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN JESSICA'S HEART.

13:39:33 my mother and my step father got married there 24 years ago, so it was sor t of fun to think that I could share that with them : I'm sort of sad that I don't get to now.

:44 NOW – JESSICA SAYS SHE'S WAITING FOR HER 800 DOLLAR DEPOSIT TO BE REFUNDED.

13:37:51 Our budget is not very large to start with so missing 800 out of it has shrunk it even more :trying to find a venue that is available and within that budget is a real challenge :03 I CHECKED WITH THE RHODE ISLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.

AND LEARNED THERE HAVE BEEN 2 CONSUMER COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST THE CARRIAGE INN & SALOON.

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE AG SAYS THE OFFICE IS WORKING TO ADDRESS BOTH ISSUES.

I ALSO SPOKE WITH FRANK PEACE – HE'S THE HEAD OF THE RESTAURANT GROUP THAT RAN THE CARRIAGE INN AND SALOON.

HE SAYS THE BUSINESS CLOSED BECAUSE IT WASN'T MEETING PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS.

HE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT A HANDFUL OF PRIVATE EVENTS HAD TO BE CANCELED, BUT PROMISED FULL REFUNDS ON ALL DEPOSITS – INCLUDING JESSICA'S.

(SC) PEACE SAYS – ANY OUTSTANDING GIFT CARDS WILL ALSO BE REFUNDED.

JUST EMAIL "CARRIAGEINNREFUNDS @ GMAIL.

COM.

" WE ALSO HAVE THAT EMAIL ADDRESS ON OUR WEBSITE, WPRI.

COM.

AS FOR THE PROPERTY – THE OWNER HE TELLS ME HE'S LOOKING FOR A NEW TENANT AND HAS ALREADY FIELDED SOME PHONE CALLS ABOUT THE BUILDING.

(SC) IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER PROBLEM YOU NEED HELP SOLVING – CONTACT OUR CALL 12 FOR ACTION CENTER MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 11 UNTIL 1 – OUR HOTLINE IS 228- 1850.

SUSAN CAMPBELL – EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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