Theater shooting victims remembered as bright, talented

(KLFY) – Here is what we know about the two victims who were killed in Thursday night’s shooting at the Grand Theater:

Jillian Johnson, 33

Johnson was a well-known Lafayette businesswoman and musician. She was a co-owner of the boutique store Red Arrow Workshop, along with her husband; as well as Parish Ink, a popular T-shirt business, which she started with her brother. Both shops feature items that focus on Lafayette and Louisiana culture, food and music.

“Anybody who’s ever been here and who has any kind of thirst for anything culture-wise will find that this is a place that really has no bounds,” Johnson told The Daily Advertiser about the stores last year. “If you don’t like what our culture is, that’s one thing. But to say that it doesn’t exist is absurd.”

She was also a member of the local band The Figs and co-founder of Acadiana Food Circle.

In a 2012 interview with The Advertiser, Johnson said she lived by the values “be nice, do good work, try hard, listen, love.” She called “do good work” the best advice she was ever given.

“My dad used to say that to me before I left for school in the morning,” Johnson said at the time. “I didn’t realize it was totally my lifelong mantra until I was in my 20s.”

Tributes poured into Johnson’s Facebook page overnight and into Friday morning.

“I want to say so much but I can’t find the right words,” wrote Christine Trahan Griffin. “This beautiful, loving, creative, artistic and generous soul has been taken and I am so saddened. I don’t understand why the good ones are taken when they have so much to give and so much life left to live. Jillian Johnson fly high you beautiful angel! RIP.”

Patrick Mould wrote on Facebook that he was “devastated.”

“She was an incredible, beautiful and strong young woman who had in her 33 years created a life that has contributed much to our community and had she not been cut down in her prime would have contributed much more,” Mould wrote. “My thoughts are with her family and everyone who knew her. People like Jillian are suppose (sic) to be our future .. and without her in it the future will be less than what it could have been.”

Mayci Breaux, 21

Breaux was a native of Franklin, which is about an hour east of Lafayette. According to her Facebook page, she worked at coco eros, a women’s clothing store in Lafayette. Her page also indicates that she has studied at LSU-Eunice.

“Nothing ever prepares you for a loss … Much less the loss of such an amazing young woman,” coco eros wrote on its Facebook page Friday morning. “We are deeply saddened by this loss. Many of you had come to know and love Mayci and we ask that you pray for her family and friends during this tragic time.”

Tributes also rolled into Breaux’s Facebook page Friday.

“I’m so sick to my stomach to see your life was ended so abruptly,” wrote Ashlee Nicole Martinez. “You were such a beautiful, talented young lady with a bright future a head (sic) of you. God has gained such a beautiful angel. May your family finds comfort in the memories and moments they shared with you. Rest in peace beautiful girl! This just breaks my heart.”

Other Victims

On its Facebook page Friday morning, Acadiana Yoga and Wellness identified one of the surviving victims as Morgan Julia Egedahl, a yoga teacher training graduate. According to the business’ post, Egedahl was shot five times and is in intensive care.

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