Family members, friends remember legacy of Wing Taxi’s Richard ‘Snapper’ Washington
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Family members and friends are devastated by the loss of Richard “Snapper” Washington, who died after being shot the night of Sunday, Oct. 10 at his home in New Orleans.
This was only two days after the grand opening of the French Quarter location of his chicken shop, Wing Taxi.
Washington was a Shreveport native and a 1993 graduate of Green Oaks High School. Former classmate Latrina Johnson remembers him as an all-around great person.
“It was one of the most devastating news that I’ve received in a very long time. To know that a man of valor, a man who was honest and hardworking. An entrepreneur, he impacted so many lives in our community,” she said. “He was an example of what he can become from an impoverished neighborhood. To know that someone took his life, took a leader from us, a role model from us, a friend, a brother. It was devastating.”
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins said Washington was a staple in the Shreveport community. “So many people knew him and adored him here. It’s a real tragedy what happened to him.
“Last night I spoke to his daughter. I have spoken to his uncle and several other family members who are mourning,” the mayor said Wednesday, Oct. 13. “I want to give my sincerest condolences.
“I have reached out to Mayor Cantrell in New Orleans asking her if she can keep us updated on any findings in the investigation.”
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