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Friends mourn loss of Waffle House worker

Linda Kilpatrick, right, and her daughter, Rhianon Banks, talk about their friend, Julie, who was shot to death early Friday as she worked at Waffle House in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News) Linda Kilpatrick, right, and her daughter, Rhianon Banks, talk about their friend, Julie, who was shot to death early Friday as she worked at Waffle House in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
This is the note Linda Kilpatrick found on her car from Julie's roommate Friday morning. (Photo source: WLOX News) This is the note Linda Kilpatrick found on her car from Julie's roommate Friday morning. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A note left on Linda Kilpatrick’s car Friday morning struck fear in her.

It was from her friend’s roommate: “Please call me. It’s about Julie.”

When Kilpatrick called, she got the news that her friend, Julie, was murdered early Friday morning while working at a Waffle House.

“I just fell apart,” Kilpatrick said. “I said, ‘No, no. How? Why? Who? What?”

Kilpatrick says she has known Julie since they were in seventh grade in California. Julie moved to Biloxi around 2001.

The shooting happened about 1 a.m. Friday at the Waffle House on U.S. 90 in Biloxi near the Coast Coliseum. Arrested and charged with first degree murder, Johnny Max Mount is a former Biloxi firefighter who left the department 2006.

According to police, an argument over a cigarette led to the shooting.

“She probably told him you need to put your cigarette out or go outside,” Kilpatrick said. “She was doing her job. And instead of doing what any normal person would do, he did what he did. He shot her.”

Kilpatrick says Julie was tough, and didn’t worry about working during that time of day.

“That was the shift she preferred,” she said. “That was just it. She didn’t want to work any other shift. I kept telling her, ‘Try to work something else,’ you know.”

Kilpatrick says Julie’s customers adored her.

“I think everybody that knew her knew that she worked hard,” she said “She played hard. She loved to have a good time.”

Kilpatrick’s daughter, Rhianon Banks, was Julie’s goddaughter and friend.

“She was always there,” Banks said. “I went to her for advice. She was an awesome friend, more close than distant. She’s always loved people."

Mount has been charged with first degree murder and is in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center under a $2 million bond.

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