Business Owner Killed on New Orleans Vacation Spurs Community Support for Widower

New Orleans, Louisiana – Jacob Carter, co-owner of Howdy Bagel in Tacoma, Washington, was tragically killed in New Orleans while on vacation with his husband, Daniel Blagovich. The couple had been looking forward to some time off from their busy bagel shop before tragedy struck. The New Orleans Police Department responded to reports of an unresponsive male near the intersection of Bourbon Street and Kerlerec Street, where Carter was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

During their visit, Carter and Blagovich met with fellow entrepreneurs Jeff Hinson and Breanne Kostyk, owners of New Orleans-based Flour Moon Bagels. Hinson expressed the excitement that the couple had about discovering the city, making their loss even more saddening. After news of Carter’s death, patrons of the business left flower bouquets and lit candles outside the shop’s front door. A GoFundMe page was established to help cover the cost of rent, operating expenses, and employee wages while the shop remains temporarily closed to allow Blagovich time to grieve.

The page, which had an initial goal of $50,000, has raised over $220,000, showing the outpouring of support for the couple and their business. Carter was described as someone who exuded kindness, warmth, and genuine care to everyone he met, making his loss immeasurable for the community. Police have not made any arrests in connection with the shooting and are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

The loss of Jacob Carter has deeply affected the community, and the support for Howdy Bagel has been overwhelming. The tragic incident has left many in mourning and seeking justice for Carter’s untimely death. The GoFundMe page continues to receive donations, demonstrating the impact that Carter had on the lives of those around him and the community’s dedication to supporting his husband and their business during this difficult time.