Memories and tributes have assembled around Jillian Johnson, one of the two women killed Thursday at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. They paint a picture of a well-loved figure noted as a talented musician, artist and designer. Johnson, with her husband, Jason Brown, ran Red Arrow Workshop, a boutique shop selling apparel, gifts and knickknacks that was a quirky and cherished fixture in the community.
The Facebook account of Red Arrow Workshop posted a memorial Friday that seems to have been written by Johnson's husband. It says she was a "once-in-a-lifetime gal" and a "true renaissance woman." Dozens of people posted on the page, offering support and paying tribute to Johnson.
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The 33-year old mother was shot at a showing of the comedy "Trainwreck" at Lafayette's Grand 16 Theatre by 59-year-old John Russel Houser and died at a nearby hospital. Houser shot himself after also killing a 21-year-old woman, Mayci Breaux, and injuring nine others.
Johnson and Brown owned and operated two Red Arrow Workshop stores, one in Lafayette and the other in New Orleans. On their website, they wrote that they "work together to curate, collect and create fabulous products that reflect our love of excellent design and simple, beautiful living" and that they opened the store in August 2012 "after a lot of planning and plotting and scheming and writing and reading and howling at the moon."
Johnson graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, according to her Facebook page. She and Brown married in April 2013.
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"I can't put into (words) how sad this makes me feel," wrote friend Marcus Descant on Johnson's wall, the New York Daily News reported. "I can't believe this has happened to such a pillar of our community."
Another friend, Josh Rabie, wrote that Johnson "was a musician and an amazing artist, all about preserving and sharing the culture of South West Louisiana & Cajun culture."
Read the Red Arrow Workshop post below:
"Our hearts are shattered. We will love you forever. She was a once-in-a-lifetime gal. A mother, daughter, sister and a truly exceptional wife. She was an artist, a musician, an entrepreneur and a true renaissance woman. She was the love of my life and I will miss her always.
Thank you all for your kind words and offers of support. Our family is together now to mourn our loss. We would appreciate privacy during this time but your messages on outlets like this truly mean the world to us.
Our thoughts are with the family of Mayci Breaux. We mourn with you. And finally our thoughts and prayers are with Jillian's best friend, who was in the theater with her at the time of the shooting. We love you and we’re wishing you the best!
This was a senseless act and, as is the case with all such acts, there is no playbook, no rules on how to cope. We’re trying our best to pull ourselves together. We’re putting one foot in front of the other. Thank you all. If you have a thought or memory you’d love to share, feel free to do so here or Facebook.
Red Arrow will be closed until further notice. Thank you all for your support and understanding."