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Washington Bagel Shop Owner Shot to Death on Vacation With Husband: ‘Unimaginable Loss’

by Staff

A Washington state community is mourning the loss of a bagel shop owner who was shot and killed while vacationing with his husband last week.

Howdy Bagel co-founder Jacob Carter was “tragically killed on January 5th in New Orleans while on vacation with his husband, Daniel,” according to a social media post shared by the Tacoma eatery.

“If you knew Jake, you know he was someone who exuded kindness, warmth, and genuine care to everyone he met,” the post said. “Jake was one of the brightest spots in the lives of everyone he loved.”

“This loss is immeasurable for our community,” it continued.

Carter was shot near Bourbon Street and Kerlerec Street in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, NBC affiliate KING reported.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, as confirmed by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

The “investigation into the homicide incident that occurred on January 5 at the intersection of Bourbon and Kerelec Streets remains active and ongoing,” police told The Messenger in a statement.

“No suspects have been identified nor arrests made as of this writing.”

In their social media post, Howdy Bagel announced will be temporarily closed as the company navigates “this time of grief.”

The news station said that Carter and his husband, Daniel Blagovich, founded Howdy Bagel during the pandemic after facing job layoffs.

A GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to help Blagovich pay employees and shop costs has already raised $163,000 as of Monday afternoon.

“Jake was the light in the room every time I entered Howdy,” donor Lorna Shelton wrote on the page. “I loved saying hello while he ran a tray of bagels up front or stopped to say hi to the customers waiting in line… Tacoma feels this hard, and we are with you while you grieve. I’m so beyond sorry.”

Added donor Rebekah Soltis: “I’ve known Daniel since we were kids and the first time I met Jake, I knew that they were each other’s person. It’s incredible to find a great business partner, but to find your life partner as well is amazing. I wish I could give you a big hug Daniel.”

In a post to their Instagram Stories, owners of local shop Flour Moon Bagels said their “hearts are completely shattered” by Carter’s death.

“This is an unimaginable loss to the baking and queer community,” they wrote. “There is a big hole in so many hearts this week.”

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