KENNER, LA (WVUE) - For many who pulled into the parking lot of the Raising Cane's restaurant on Williams Boulevard in Kenner, it was about much more than the menu Wednesday.
"Horrific, that poor darling and her family, I just I can't even imagine as mother what's that like," said Jody Dusang, who had just gotten out of her vehicle to head into the eatery.
It was the first time the restaurant had opened since a brutal crime took place there June 29, and a uniformed police officer was easily spotted seated inside. Kenner Police said 21-year-old Taylor Friloux, a manager, was repeatedly stabbed during an armed robbery. Four people have been arrested.
Some customers edited their words for broadcast when speaking about the tragedy.
"I think it was terrible. I really couldn't tell you my real thoughts being we're on the news, but I think it was a terrible thing," said Louis Thompson, after eating at the restaurant hours after it reopened.
Others said they tried to block out thoughts about the crime while inside the business.
"I didn't think about it too much, I try not to, but sympathy goes out to the family to the person, you know, that happened to," said Henry Sussmann.
"I never come in here, I never come. I came because since he owned it, he did the right thing, he took care of his people," Dusang said.
Friloux was laid to rest July 5. The company picked up the expenses, something that has not gone unnoticed by many customers who showed up Wednesday.
"It's a wonderful thing because not too many people would do that," said Sussman.
The company is grateful for the public support.
"Our Kenner restaurant has reopened. As we work to move forward, we are appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community. We are grateful for the efforts of the Kenner Police Depart and all law enforcement involved. Now that all suspects are in custody, we are focused on the well-being of our Crew and we will continue to work with Taylor's family to honor her memory," said Cane's spokeswoman Julie Perrault via email.
She said the Kenner location has returned to normal business hours.