Vigil planned for slain niece of Kermit Ruffins

Vigil planned for slain niece of Kermit Ruffins

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A vigil is scheduled Tuesday for Milan Arriola, the slain niece of musician Kermit Ruffins and the daughter of a NOPD officer and NOFD captain.

Arriola, 20, was shot and killed Friday night in Gentilly while she was riding in a car. She was not the intended target of the shooting, police say.

A memorial will be held at the corner of Allen and Humanity streets starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The vigil will be held at the same location where Arriola was shot on Friday night. Police say several people opened fire on a yellow Chevrolet Camaro. Arriola was in the front passenger seat

Meanwhile, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says the man accused of killing Arriola should have been in jail.

Will Reed, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Arriola's death. Cannizzaro says Reed was accused in a 2012 shooting at a dice game that left five people injured. A witness initially said Reed was responsible and he was booked on eight counts of attempted murder.

However, during the trial the witness recanted his accusation and told police that he lied. The DA's office lowered the charge to aggravated battery and Reed only served three years in prison.

In the aftermath of Arriola's's killing, her mother wrote to her daughter's accused killer.

Imani Ruffins says she does not hate Will Reed, but rather she feels sorry for him because he never experienced the love Milan experienced. She thanks God for 20 years with her child – her only daughter and best friend.

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