KENNER, La. – A memorial continues to grow Wednesday for a Raising Cane’s manager stabbed to death during an overnight armed robbery.
The robbery, allegedly committed by a former employee, is leaving 21-year-old Taylor Friloux’s loved ones asking why this happened.
“She loved everyone she met,” said Sarah Kennedy, Friloux’s close friend. “She was always happy to meet people. She always wanted to make people around her happy and smile. She did it.”
Always cheerful, and far from being a worrier, is how long-time friends Friloux describe her. That’s why they said it’s hard for them to understand why her life was taken in such a violent way.
“My Mom woke me up 7 this morning and asked if Taylor was working at Cane’s and I said yeah, what happened? And she told me,” said Kennedy.
Kenner Police said around 1:30 a.m. two people wearing gray hoodies robbed employees inside Raising Cane’s restaurant in Kenner at knife point. As they left, police said Friloux was stabbed several times and died at the hospital.
An exclusive video showed one of the suspects, 23-year-old Joshua Every, being arrested at his LaPlace home. Cane’s staff said they recognized him during the violent robbery. Now investigators are looking for two other possible suspects.
“It’s very sad,” said Rajender Pannu, a business owner. “It’s devastating for the young ones who come to work leaving their homes and coming to businesses.”
Pannu owns eight Subway franchises across the metro area and said in some locations hours were scaled back and extra precautions have been taken for her employee’s safety.
“All our Subways have cameras installed, along with voice recorders and we also have panic buttons,” she explained. “We make sure that our Subways are well lit.”
A few miles away in Metairie, a billboard was put up outside the Tic Toc Café by owner Mike Delahoussaye as a tribute to Friloux.
“I’m in a 24-hour business between the good Lord and the police, I mean, that’s why we’ve never had an incident here,” he said. “I’m sorry about what happened to this hard working woman last night. I feel terrible. This percent of the population is willing to work at 1:30 in the morning, this percent and being 21. I don’t know her story.”
A story which close friends said included a childhood dream to become a marine biologist, working as shift manager at Cane’s being a way to achieve that goal.
“Her family deserves justice, those people deserve to go away for a really long time because no one should have to bury their children,” said Kennedy.