Police identify youngest victim of Virginia Walmart shooting as a 16-year-old boy
The youngest victim in the mass shooting that killed six at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, was identified by officials on Friday such as 16-year-old Fernando Chavez-Barron.
City officials did not previously identify the 16-year-old, who was a Virginia Walmart employee, “because he was a minor.”
Police identified Chavez-Barron after a vigil Thursday for all the victims killed by Andre Bing, 31, a night crew leader at Walmart who had been with the company since 2010.
Chavez-Barron’s family, friends and classmates gathered by a tree near the store’s front entrance and said the Hail Mary prayer on the rosary in her memory, NBC affiliate CURLY from Portsmouth reported.
Authorities say Bing killed at least six people and injured at least six others before taking his own life in the shooting Tuesday night.
About 50 people were believed to be in the store when the shooting began, police said.
Shaundrayia Reese, 27, who worked on the overnight stocks team with Bing from 2014 to 2018, described Bing as “just weird.”
“He put tape on his phone, on the camera. She always used to tell us that the government was watching,” said Reese, who lives in Chesapeake.
City officials Wednesday identified five of the victims: Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Randall Blevins, 70; and Tyneka Johnson, 22.
It was the deadliest store shooting since May, when a white gunman fatally shot 10 black people in a racist shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, according to an NBC News tally.