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.”