The young woman fatally shot and killed in Gentilly on Friday night was Milan Arriola, 20, a 2012 Warren Easton graduate from a well-known New Orleans family. The news was confirmed by friends of the family.
Her mother is Officer Imani Ruffins with the New Orleans Police Department. Her father is Capt. Roy Arriola, Jr. with the New Orleans Fire Department.
Arriola’s uncle is jazz luminary Kermit Ruffins, who is Imani’s brother.
NOPD accounts say that Milan Arriola was riding in the front passenger seat of a bright yellow Chevrolet Camaro convertible near the intersection of Humanity and Allen streets when her side of the car was hit several times by gunfire. EMS met the car at North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue and took her to a local hospital, where she died.
Word of the tragedy spread quickly through the city on Friday night and Saturday morning, especially on social media, where people posted condolences and expressed shock at the news. Tuba player Phil Frazier, a longtime friend of the family, posted a note to her mother on Facebook from Chicago, where Rebirth performed. “I couldn’t hardly play tonight,” he wrote.
A friend on Twitter summed up the sentiment. “Another beautiful young lady gone too soon. There’s no excuse, man.”