Doug Potter's family and friends believe he may have been a target of the "knockout" game.
"Always here when we needed him. Really nice man," said Chef Rick Tyler of Cafe Beignet.
Steamboat Willie and his New Orleans Jazz Band entertained music lovers Tuesday night inside the Bourbon Street courtyard venue. The cafe is also where fellow musician Potter plays three times a week.
On Monday night it was suppose to be business as usual.
"It's a terrible tragedy. I was the one that let him out the gate last night. I left 10 minutes after he did, so it could have been any of us," Tyler said.
Instead family members confirm surveillance video in the area caught a disturbing attack. Potter's family says the musician was walking off to his car off Bourbon Street down Conti when he was physically assaulted.
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