With a newborn daughter, an autistic child and a fledgling music business, life was chaotic enough for Jerome "Slim Rome" Spears and fiancee Rachel Harris.
Then &to=http://english.pravda.ru/accidents/21/97/385/16076_Katrina.html' target=_blank>Hurricane Katrina hit, chasing them from New Orleans, throwing both out of work and putting Spears' plans to "dominate" the hip-hop scene on indefinite hold.
This week, in an Atlanta-area rental home hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the Big Easy, Spears fatally shot the 23-year-old Harris and severely wounded her 4-year-old son with a gunshot to the back of the head.
The couple's daughter, born amid the Katrina chaos, was unharmed physically. But at 5 months old, she is now an orphan.