Hundreds gather for funeral of Kermit Ruffins' niece

Hundreds gather for funeral of Kermit Ruffins' niece

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Hundreds of people filled St. Augustine Catholic Church in Treme and the crowd spilled out into the street, all to remember Milan Arriola. After the services, a second line wound from the church through the streets of the neighborhood, honoring a life taken so soon.

Arriola died July 3, shot to death in the passenger seat of a car at the corner of Humanity and Allen streets in Gentilly. New Orleans police don't think she was the shooter's intended target. Investigators arrested 20-year-old Will Reed on a second-degree murder charge.

Members of the New Orleans Fire Department carried Arriola's casket out of the church Monday morning. Her father is a captain with NOFD; her mother an officer at the New Orleans Police Department. Arriola is also the niece of musician Kermit Ruffins.

Among those in attendance at the funeral, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the superintendents of NOPD and NOFD.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond led the funeral Mass.

"How much blood of young people has been spilled on the streets of this city? And the police do what they can, and we need to cooperate with the police, but it's not just the police efforts but our personal efforts - prayer, uniting as a family, trying to build a culture of peace. And we have a long ways to go," Aymond said.

Family members say Arriola had been looking forward to her 21st birthday coming up in August.

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