KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Friends of the young woman killed while working as a a manager at a Cane's in Kenner reacted with sadness and anger Wednesday, and the mother of the man arrested says the whole thing has left her in a state of shock.
Taylor Friloux, 21, was a beloved neighbor and friend who worked long hours to get ahead.
U.S. Marshals arrested 23-year-old Joshua Every early Wednesday morning at his Laplace home - less than two miles from the victim's home. He was booked with first-degree murder, three counts of armed robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.
"Taylor was a sweet-hearted girl - super nice," said neighbor and retired deputy Craig Gommel. His daughter and Taylor were close friends at Chappelle High School.
The Gommels lived across the street from Friloux's family for 20 years.
"It's unbelievable," said Gommel. "If you want to rob and know the store, you don't have to go this far, not this far. It's not right."
"It's a tragedy for any parent to hear about your child at work, and something like this," said another neighbor, Angela Grant. "I can't imagine how the parents are feeling right now."
"My heart goes out to the victim and their families, I'm cooperating with law enforcement until justice is done," said the suspect's mother, Monica Every.
The arrest of Every wasn't his first brush with Kenner Police. He was also arrested in 2012 for an attempted break-in at the Game Stop in Kenner. Every, who had two accomplices, received a probated sentence and a pardon letter prohibiting him from owning a firearm.
"He was in compliance, he never gave trouble, he paid his fines and fees," said his mother.
Kenner residents are stunned by the killing.
"She was really a hard worker, she was a go-getter," Grant said. "I mean, she was a manager at the age of 21. That tells you something. A hard worker, motivated - she was really on the ball, she had it going on."
"The crazy part is you got a young person in there trying to work hard and make a life, and then you've got young criminals who don't care who they take with them," said Kim Guidry.
For Guidry, Wednesday's news was double tragedy. She was also friends with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detective Dave Michel who was murdered last week in Harvey.
"That was a friend of mine," she said. "I knew him. It's a shame."
Now the Friloux family and friends are forced to deal with a senseless crime.
"I'm praying for them, and I hope everyone else will," Grant said. "They're going to need it now."
At a Metairie cafe, one man was memorializing Friloux - even though he had never met her.
"You know nothing is gonna bring her back, but the more public support we can show to let them know that we can't let evil win," said Michael Delahoussaye. "We can't let evil win, and it's not going to."
The suspect's mother said she doesn't know why authorities seized her Mercedes on Wednesday morning, because the suspects reportedly fled in an SUV. She also said she was not aware of any friction between Friloux and her son, who also worked at Cane's until a few months ago.