A popular TikTok died days after a movie theater shooting that claimed the life of his friend. Anthony Barajas, 19, had been watching a movie with 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich when a gunman unleashed a senseless attack in their theater.
Police say the two teens were attending a screening of The Forever Purge in Corona, California on Monday night, July 26. According to reports, theater employees found the pair with bullet wounds after the 9:35 pm showing.
“At some point, the employee or employees walk inside the theater to conduct their clean-up or walk through and that’s when the 911 call was placed. [They said] that there was an unknown problem, somebody was bleeding, there wasn’t very specific information given,” Corona Police officer Tobias Kouroubacalis told CBS Los Angeles.
“During the actual movie time, no one apparently heard the gunshot,” said Kailyn Dillon, a theater employee who was not working during the shooting. “I know that we do have security bag checks that we do on the daily and, unfortunately, I’m not sure if it just was missed or if it was in a holster on their belt.”
Goodrich, a student and cheerleader at Corona High School who also played volleyball and ran track, died at the scene. Meanwhile, Bajaras remained on life support at a local hospital. However, days later he passed away due to his injuries.
Bajaras, who went by @itsanthonymichael on TikTok, had nearly a million followers on the popular platform. He was also a promising soccer player at Mater Dei High in nearby Santa Ana, reported KABC. Since his passing, his TikTok account has been pulled down.
Suspected Shooter Arrested
On Tuesday, July 27, police arrested 20-year-old Joseph Jimenez in connection with the crime. According to Kouroubacalis, witness testimony led police to Jimenez’s home, where they found a firearm and evidence related to the crime scene.
Police said Jimenez, who now faces charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery, did not appear to have a prior relationship with the victims.
“It’s an unfortunate turn of events here,” Corona Police Captain Paul Mercado told CNN. “The public here are really looking for a motive. Right now, there is no motive. It’s an unprovoked attack.”
Friends of Goodrich’s family started a GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral expenses.
“Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Rylee,” a statement on the page read. “Her kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.”
Meanwhile, Barajas’ family also started a GoFundMe to raise funds as well.
“Anthony was the light of so many people’s lives and there are tough times ahead, but we have amazing family and friends to get through this,” the page’s statement read.