Posted on November 17, 2023

Woman Killed in LA Tech Stabbing Spree Was Well-Known Artist With New Orleans Ties

Ashlyn Brothers, WVUE, November 15, 2023

A woman fatally stabbed on Louisiana Tech University’s campus is being remembered by loved ones as a well-known artist who lived and studied in New Orleans.

Annie Richardson was one of four women injured in what police say was a random stabbing spree just outside of the campus’ Lambright Sports and Wellness Center around 9 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 13.


Investigators believe that Jacoby Johnson, a 23-year-old senior at the university from Tallulah, initially pulled a knife on a male student playing basketball inside the facility and chased him outside. The student was able to escape before Johnson allegedly attacked four random women in the vicinity, according to Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes.

“There was no rhyme or reason (to the attack),” Chief Hermes said.

Retired 3rd District Judge Cynthia Woodard was leaving an exercise class with Richardson when Johnson reportedly attacked them from behind, authorities said. Both women were critically wounded and airlifted to a Shreveport hospital. Woodward remains in critical but stable condition. Richardson died Tuesday evening {snip}

Police say grad student Dominique McKane was attacked after teaching an exercise class and retired teacher Debby Hollimon was cut as she tried to intervene. {snip}