Milan Domonique Arriola is the 20-year-old daughter of New Orleans Police Officer, Imani Ruffins, and Captain Roy Arriola Jr. of the New Orleans Fire Department. She is also the niece to one of the most famous trumpeters in the New Orleans area, Kermit Ruffins.
Her uncle described his niece as “the sweetest little girl” and her former classmates tell The New Orleans Advocate that Milan was “beautiful inside and out.”
According to The New Orleans Advocate, on July 3rd, Milan was shot while riding in the passenger seat of a yellow Camaro.
Milan was taken to the hospital where she passed away due to the injuries she sustained.
On July 5th, police arrested 20-year-old Will Reed for her murder, WWLTV reports. It has also been reported by Fox 8 that the several bullets fired at the vehicle were not intended for Milan.
The driver of the yellow Camaro has not been made public.
Later that day after Reed’s arrest, Milan’s mother, Imani, wrote a message directed at Milan’s murderer on Facebook.
The emotional message reads:
“A letter to my daughter’s killer”
I’m sharing this today, because TODAY was a good day.
I want you to know that in spite of you changing my life forever, I don’t hate you. I feel sorry for you. Sorry that you’ve never experienced the love that Milan experienced, not only from her family and friends, but coworkers, classmates and random strangers.
An unconditional, heart pounding, take your breath away type of love. I’m certain you haven’t experienced this because you had no regard or appreciation for life.
Milan was loved by so many people, she had the brightness smile. Contagious. Like a sneeze.
From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I prayed EVERY DAY. I prayed for “a girl” A humble, happy, healthy girl, in that order. I prayed that she had her dads soft spoken spirit, his humbleness, his smarts. I prayed that she had my eyes, my smile, my silliness.
You see, how amazing God is? He gave me EXACTLY what I asked for. It’s kinda of funny because when I was a few months pregnant I contracted chicken pox, the Dr. told me my unborn child was gonna be retarded, blind and probably deaf and I should probably have an abortion, but I said no. No because I knew God heard my prayers. My faith out weighed everything.
August 27, 1994 until July 3, 2015 I told Milan Domonique Arriola “I LOVE YOU” sometimes multiple times. For 20 years, EVERYDAY I talked to her whether via text, phone or face to face.
I thank God for 20 years with my first child, my only daughter, my best friend. No one, not even you Will Reed can take that away from me and everyone who had the pleasure of sharing her life.
So TODAY I’ll pray for you, that God has mercy on your soul.
Hundreds of people have since shared their love with Milan’s family on social media, as they grieve for the life of their young daughter.
A vigil for Milan will take place on July 7th at the same location where she was shot.