Irene Wimberly waited 303 days to receive her son.
On drives to the West Bank, she would turn her head on the interstate as she passed the partially collapsed Hard Rock hotel downtown. Her son, 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly, showed up to the job site on his day off one Saturday morning in October and never left the 11th floor.
“The red tarp. The black tarp. I turn my head or close my eyes,” Wimberly, 68, said on Friday. “I couldn’t take knowing he was under that.”
On Saturday, she howled in a scrum of family members and city officials as the platform carrying the remains of her son finally descended to the ground, and the faded tarps meant to block the view to his corpse vanished from the cityscape. Family members arrived moments before the 10:45 a.m. recovery and left 15 minutes later after huddling together and sobbing. Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell stuck close to them during their brief time at…