After Harry Potter-loving National Guard member shot and killed in Louisiana, 4 booked with murder

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Four men have been jailed in the slaying of a Louisiana Army National Guard member who was shot and killed in his Terrytown home.

Myron Lee, Matthew Smith, Isaiah White, all 20, and Kewayne Edwards, 21, were booked with first-degree murder, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The men are accused in the death of Jemond Cador, 21. The arrests were welcome news for Cador’s mother and father, who don’t know why their son was killed.

“He was a loving person. He wouldn’t harm anyone,” said Monique Cador, 43.

Jemond Cador was shot Dec. 6 at his apartment in the 200 block of Wright Avenue in Terrytown, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived after someone reported hearing gunfire in the apartment complex.

As the deputies checked the area, they noticed a second-floor apartment with an open door that appeared to have been kicked in, according to authorities.

Jemond Cador was lying wounded inside on the floor. He was taken to the hospital where a doctor pronounced him dead, authorities said.

Lee was the first suspect taken into custody on Dec. 15. White and Edwards were arrested Friday, and Smith was taken into custody Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office did not comment on the investigation or the suspected motive in the homicide.

Jemond Cador’s relatives said he didn’t have any problems with anyone. He just wasn’t that kind of person.

“He loved skateboarding, and he loved to read Harry Potter books,” Monique Cador said.

Jemond Cador was a “Potter-head” with an encyclopedic knowledge of the wizarding word and anime, another passion, according this father, Miguel Quillens Jr., 44.

“He was my bookworm. He loved reading big novels,” Quillens said.

A avid gamer, Jemond Cador was also quite computer savvy, according to his parents.

Born and raised in New Orleans, he eventually attended West Jefferson High School, graduating in 2018, his mother said. Jemond Cador then joined the National Guard and had recently returned from deployment in Texas.

“He had this special little smile that everybody loved,” Monique Cador said. “He was happy all the time.”

Recalling Jemond Cador’s sweet goofy nature, his parents can’t fathom why his life came to such a violent end.

“It’s just crazy,” Monique Cador said.


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