Alexander and an unidentified man were shot dead while sitting in a vehicle in the 1500 block of North Claiborne Avenue at around 9 p.m., police said. Paramedics pronounced Alexander dead at the scene, but the man went to hospital.
Alexander grew up in New Orleans’ 8th District on St. Claude Avenue.
At age 12, Alexander played Joy Strong in the 2012 film Beasts of the wild south, a drama that was filmed in Louisiana. The film explores a storm-threatened bayou community outside the dike system, and the children who inhabit it. Director Benh Zeitlin chose Louisiana natives for the lead roles, auditioning over 4,000 actors.
The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture.