THE youngest victim of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting had just started work to help his family, relatives said.
Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16, was one of six people shot dead during Tuesday night’s shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Walmart supervisor Andre Bing is accused of opening fire late Tuesday in the store’s break room in Chesapeake, Virginia, killing six of his colleagues.
Chavez-Barron had just started his job at the Walmart store, family members said.
A vigil was held Friday night for the teenager and other victims, with dozens dressed all in white gathered to honor Chavez-Barron.
“I’m at a loss for words and speechless that it was him,” the teen’s friend Joshua Trejo-Alvarado told WTKR.
“I had hoped until today that it was all a dream. I wish he was still here with me.
“I prayed for him last night with my whole family. We also got flowers and candles for him at home.
“He was always open with everyone he met. He was nice.”
A family friend, Rosy Perez, told the New York Times that the teenager spent his first paycheck on a gift for his mother.
“He wanted to help a little bit,” Perez said.
“He was a very good kid.”
Perez said Chavez-Barron recently started working at the store to help his family and chose to work night shifts after attending school during the day.
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The remaining victims were identified as Brian Pendleton, 38; Kelly Pyle; Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Randy Blevins, 70, and 22-year-old Tyneka Johnson.
Officials in the city revealed Friday that the Walmart supervisor accused of gunning down six of his colleagues left a chilling message at the scene.
Sharing the letter, the City of Chesapeake tweeted on Friday: “As the investigation progressed, detectives conducted a forensic analysis of the suspect’s phone that was located at the crime scene.
“This note was in the device.”
The letter contained a line in which the suspect appeared to suggest that he had been compared to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
It added, “I would never have killed anyone entering my house.”
The City of Chesapeake added: “Police can also confirm that the suspect used a 9mm handgun.
“The gun was legally purchased from a local store on Tuesday morning, November 22, 2022. He had no criminal record.
“There have been multiple inquiries about anything found from the search warrant at the suspect’s home.
“A box of ammunition was found and various items related to the 9mm pistol (box, receipt, other papers).”
Donya Prioleau, who was in the break room when Bing walked in and opened fire, told CNN that he “said a lot of disturbing things.”
she claimed”[Bing] walked in, shot three of my friends… half of us didn’t believe it was real until some of us saw blood on the floor.
Prioleau described Bing as “condescending” and lacking “good communication skills,” adding that he was “pretty mean to a lot of us.”
A vigil is expected to be held at 6 p.m. Monday in Stadtpark to honor all the victims.
City leaders are also expected to vote on an emergency declaration to release “recovery support funds” for victims, according to a tweet from the city.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6780541/youngest-walmart-shooting-victim-just-started-job-virginia/ The youngest Walmart shooting victim had just started work and spent his first paycheck on a gift for his mother