Family of Lafayette theater shooting victim Jillian Johnson posts tribute

Jillian Johnson, 33, was killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette. Her family posted a tribute to an Instagram account belonging to the boutique she owned. (redarrowworkshop/Instagram)

The family of Jillian Johnson, who was killed Thursday when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., is remembering her in a touching Instagram post.

"Our hearts are shattered. We will love you forever," the family wrote. "She was a once-in-a-lifetime gal."

Johnson, of Lafayette, was a wife and mother who owned a boutique, Red Arrow Workshop. The family posted their tribute on the shop's Instagram account.

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Mayci Breaux, 21-year-old from Franklin, La., was also killed in the shooting. The gunman then shot himself to death, police said.

Here is Johnson's family's full statement.

    "Jillian E. Johnson (1982-2015). 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.
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