Monique Smith, the woman who was shot inside of her Gentilly home, along with three of her children, was being remembered Friday as a fierce advocate for her children.
"Sweet lady. Kind. Smart, and she's, always if you need help, she's always there. Beside her work, her family, not only her children, only I'm talking about community over here. Everybody likes her. Everybody," said Jason Qader, Owner of Bud's Broiler.
Smith, 30, and two of her children, Justin Simms, 10; and JuMyrin Smith, 6, were killed. A third child, 12-year-old A'miya was in the hospital in serious condition.
Smith worked at the Frostop, Uptown on Calhoun Street near the Tulane campus.
Around 10:30 this morning, the business closed its doors for the day. Signs were posted stating it was because of a family emergency. One of her co-workers said Monique had worked there for four years as the head cook and was loved by everyone.
A co-worker said the owner was too distraught to stay open today.
The three children went to Samuel Green Charter School and two of them were supposed to receive achievement awards Friday. The school had grief counselors there today for fellow students.