Close friend of French Quarter shooting victim remembers him as well-loved

French Quarter shooting reaction

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Friends and former coworkers are still shocked after they say a disagreement between friends turned into murder in the French Quarter.

"I think if I had to say anything, it's that man was well-loved. He was well-loved. He was a well-loved man," said Michael Sevilla as a single tear ran down his cheek. 
 
Thoughts of his childhood friend had Michael Sevilla crying one moment and laughing the next.

"He was so funny. He was so funny," Sevilla said with a laugh. "I'm going to miss him."

Sevilla and Fouad Zeton Jr. were friends for over a decade.

"We were always getting into trouble, causing mischief and we just reminisce on those times," Sevilla said.

Now, he's left stunned, searching for understanding.

"Things just happen that you never thought you could believe," said Sevilla.

Police say the shooting happened early Thursday morning, just after 3 AM, at a bar near Decatur and Bienville where Zeton Jr. used to work.

"At this point in the investigation it appears that this is an unfortunate workplace incident. The shooter and the victim used to work together," explained NOPD 8th District Commander Nick Gernon. "They were having some sort of altercation or disturbance about that and that's when the shooter retrieved a weapon from a nearby vehicle, returned to the bar and then shot on his former coworker."

Commander Gernon says police were on scene within moments. That's where they found the suspect-- 21-year-old James Nero Jr.-- waiting with a gun.

"He was taken into custody and did make statements indicating that he was the shooter," Gernon said.

Those who worked with the men say the two were friends and can't understand how a disagreement ended in murder.

It's something Sevilla struggles with, too.

"All you can do is look back and ask 'why'? When is it going to stop? When is all this senseless killing going to stop?" questioned Sevilla. "He was a great guy, somebody I was proud to call my friend."

Nero Jr. is charged with second-degree murder.

Zeton Jr. leaves behind a four-year-old little girl.