Waffle House waitress killed after telling customer to extinguish cigarette

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BILOXI, MS - A Waffle House waitress was shot and killed after asking a customer to put out his cigarette.

Her roommate says, "I'm furious for someone to take her life over a cigarette, of all the things."

A co-worker added, "Good-hearted person, great friend, whole bunch of people loved her."

Julie Brightwell, 52, just finished serving Johnny Mount, 45, and his two friends when she asked him not to smoke. Police say that's when things took a violent turn. Mount pulled a gun out from under his shirt and shot Brightwell in the head. She would not survive as she later died at the hospital.

Her roommate is the one who got the devastating news.

"They told me that they had a tragedy at the Waffle House...I pretty much knew what tragedy meant."

Waffle House says its prayers are with the waitress' family, friends, co-workers and customers.

As for the suspect, Mount was arrested and charged with first degree murder. He's being held on a $2 million bond.

Definitely a tragedy that makes us all sick.


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