Man who murdered Kermit Ruffins’ niece in custody


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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – New Orleans police made an arrest in the murder of a woman in Gentilly over the weekend.

Police say 20-year-old Will Reed was arrested for second-degree murder Saturday.

Musician Kermit Ruffins confirmed to WGNO that his niece, 20-year-old Milan Arriola, was the victim in the fatal shooting that occurred Friday evening in Gentilly.

New Orleans Police say the victim was in the passenger seat of a car when she was shot near the intersection of Humanity and Allen Street, Friday night. Police said the driver of the vehicle continued driving until St. Bernard Avenue and North Broad Street when the car stopped because of damage received during the shooting. Police say they found the victim in the car near that intersection with gunshot wounds to the body. She later died at the hospital.

Ruffins told WGNO’s Susan Roesgen that he is currently on tour and he “can’t wait to get back home” to be with his family.

He called the shooting “tragic” and said his family “had never been touched by gun violence before” this incident.

A candlelight vigil for Milan has been planned for July 7 from 6 -7 p.m. at Allen and Humanity streets.

Candlelight vigil


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