NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The family of stabbing victim Taylor Friloux spoke about the death of the 21-year-old Raising Cane's manager while making preparations for her funeral.
In an emotional news conference held at the Garden of Memories in Metairie on Thursday morning, Friloux's mother, Jamie Reavis, questioned the senseless violence.
"I can't think of anything that would have prompted anyone to do such a heinous act," Reavis said.
She said Friloux loved her family and animals, she was dedicated to her job and someone her coworkers relied on. They were truly shocked when they found out the young woman was stabbed to death. Reavis said this is something no mother should have to go through.
"I keep asking myself why. and thinking that I'm going to go to sleep and wake up and this is all going to be a nightmare. but I know it's true. and I'm never going to see her again, and I'm so sad. my heart aches. My body is just numb," Reavis said as she wept.
Friloux worked at Raising Cane's for five years. She had plans to go back to college. The restaurant where the victim worked was closed Thursday, but a memorial for Friloux began overnight. People left flowers and balloons near the spot where she died.
The family spoke just minutes after Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser announced a second arrest in the murder investigation. Mark Crocklen, Jr. turned himself into the St. John Parish Sheriff's Office, Glaser said. Police believe he drove the getaway car. Glaser said he admitted his role in what they called a "well-planned out" armed robbery and murder.
Joshua Every, a former employee of Raising Cane's, was taken into custody Wednesday.
Officers believe Every and another former employee approached Friloux as she was taking out trash. Every stabbed her, forced her inside to open a safe and then stabbed her to death on the way out of the restaurant. The former employee, who has not been named, is in police custody. Every and Crocklen have been charged with first-degree murder.