- Six people were killed by a gunman on Tuesday at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.
- One of the victims includes Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16, a Chesapeake resident.
- The gunman, a 31-year-old Walmart employee, shot and killed himself at the scene, according to police.
Seven were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., Tuesday night, including the gunman, who according to police committed suicide.
Chesapeake city authorities identified the victims as Tyneka Johnson, 22, Brian Pendleton, 38, Randy Blevins, 70, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, Kellie Pyle, 52, and a 16-year-old boy, who they later identified as Fernando Chavez-Barrone. Chavez-Barron’s identity was initially withheld because he was a minor, the city said.
A memorial for Chavez-Barron was held in the parking lot of the Walmart store Thursday night. The city will hold a candlelight vigil for all the victims Monday night at Chesapeake City Park.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that 16-year-old Fernando Chavez-Barron of Chesapeake was the child victim of this tragedy,” the city said. said in a statement.
The shooter was a Walmart associate who worked as an overnight crew chief at the store, Walmart said in a statement to Insider.
All six victims were also Walmart employees, the company told Insider in a statement.
“I know this community and I know it well”, Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said in a statement posted on Twitter. “And I know that we will come together and help the families of the victims. We will share this burden together and be stronger.”
Randall “Randy” Blevins, 70 years old
Blevins was a longtime member of Chesapeake Walmart’s modular team, which set the prices of items, Shaundrayia Reese, a former employee who worked at the store from 2015 to 2018, told the New York Times.
He was known as Mr. Randy, Reese said.
Lorenzo Gamble, 43 years old
Gamble was a father of two and had worked for Walmart for about 15 years, the Washington Post reported.
In an interview with The Post, his mother, Linda Gamble, said she loved watching her 19-year-old son play soccer. Her 10-year-old son cried whenever his father left, she said.
“He just kept to himself and did his job,” Gamble’s mother told the Post. “He was the quiet one of the family.”
When her husband informed her that her son had been shot and killed, Gamble told The New York Times, “All I could do was fall off my chair and scream.”
Brian Pendleton, 38 years old
Josh Johnson, a former colleague, described Pendleton to the Times as like an older brother.
“If you had any problems, you could go to Brian,” she said. “He would go batting for you and help you with anything.”
Reese, who also knew Pendleton, told the publication that he “never raised his voice” and “never had a bad bone in his body.”
“No one could ever say anything bad about that man. He was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my life. He didn’t deserve to die like that,” she said.
Fernando Chávez-Barron, 16 years old
A friend of Chavez-Barron’s family, Rosy Perez, told the Times that the 16-year-old – a local high school student – has taken on the night shift to help earn some extra cash for his family.
“It was always sunshine in the room, it was always making someone laugh,” Mary Guiterrez, a 17-year-old who had known Chavez-Barron since childhood, told the Times.
Tyneka Johnson, 22 years old
Johnson started working at Walmart recently. His former tutor Casheba Cannon called Johnson “a light in a dark room” in an interview with the Post.
Kelly Pyle, 52 years old
Pyle, a mother of two and grandmother of a two-year-old, also started working at Walmart recently, her cousin, Billy Pillar-Gibson, told the Post. She moved back to her hometown of Norfolk in May and was planning to marry her high school sweetheart next year.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.
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