Milan Domonique Arriola is the 20-year-old daughter of New Orleans Police Officer, Imani Ruffins. Milan was shot to death Friday night while riding her car.
Arriola was the daughter of Ruffins and husband Roy Arriola Jr., a captain in the New Orleans Fire Department. Imani Ruffins is the sister of famed New Orleans trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, who also has expressed heartbreak over the death of his niece.
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.”
Police offer Imani Ruffins took to Facebook to post an open letter titled, “A letter to my daughter’s killer.”
“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 co-workers, 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 … for a humble, happy, healthy girl. … I prayed that she had her dad’s 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. … (From) Aug. 27, 1994 until July 3, 2015, I told Milan Domonique Arriola, “I love you,” sometimes multiple times. For 20 years, every day, I talked to her 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.