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New Orleans Officer Writes Letter to Daughter's Killer Saying She Will Pray for Him

July 07, 2015  | 

Milan Arriola (Photo: Facebook)
Milan Arriola (Photo: Facebook)

A grieving mother and police officer has used social media to share an open and heart-felt letter to the person who is accused of killing her daughter.

Imani Ruffins is a New Orleans Police officer and the mother of Milan Arriola, a 20-year-old woman who was shot and killed Friday night in Gentilly.

In a post on Facebook, "A letter to my daughter's killer,' Ruffins said she felt sorry for Will Reed, 20, the accused gunman in her daughter's death.

Ruffins' daughter Milan Arriola was found Friday evening inside a Chevrolet Camaro at North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue. The NOPD told WDSU Arriola, seated in the passenger side of the vehicle, was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to a hospital, but died from her injuries.

According to the NOPD, officers learned that Arriola was originally shot at the intersection of Humanity and Allen streets. The unidentified driver of the car drove to North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue after the shooting. A motive for the shooting has not been divulged.

Arriola's father is a New Orleans Fire captain. Her uncle is jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.

Comments (3)

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kevCopAz @ 7/7/2015 9:33 PM

God bless them and reward them for their forgiveness, they are better Christians then I would be, sorry to say. Peace be with them, and to hell with the criminal who took that poor girls life.

Ken Tucker @ 7/8/2015 5:52 AM

It takes amazing faith to pray for the killer of one of your children. I pray for the family and their continued strength as they grieve their loss.

Louis @ 7/21/2015 1:38 AM

This mother was a very noble cop and a very noble person. May God bless her. Down here in the Big Easy, a local writer nailed the driving force causing most of these crimes. As he put it: "babies who have babies who shoot other babies." Sad but true.

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