A 16-year-old serving to his household. A custodian and father of two. A mother with marriage ceremony plans. A cheerful-go-lucky man. A longtime worker.
That’s how family and friends described a number of the six folks killed at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, when a supervisor opened hearth with a handgun earlier than an worker assembly Tuesday evening.
Here are some particulars about those that had been misplaced:
Randy Blevins, 70, of Chesapeake
Blevins began working for Walmart within the early Nineties after the five-and-dime he owned together with his spouse, Teresa, went beneath, his stepdaughter Cassandra Yeatts informed The Associated Press.
“When Walmart got here to city, they sort of drove their enterprise out of enterprise,” Yeatts stated. “My mother contacted the supervisor of the Walmart at Sam’s Drive and stated, `Hey, you set us out of enterprise and my husband wants a job.”‘
Blevins had an interview and acquired employed on the spot as an in a single day stocker, a job that included unloading vans, Yeatts stated.
He favored the third shift as a result of he had the times to himself. He attended Norfolk Admirals hockey video games and watched skilled wrestling and Washington Commanders soccer video games on TV.
Blevins additionally took snapshots of individuals and locations in close by Isle of Wight County, in accordance with a 1996 story within the Isle of Wight Citizen. The footage had been placed on postcards and offered at a unique five-and-dime that his brother managed.
Blevins by no means missed a day of labor, his stepdaughter stated.
“He by no means had any complaints about anybody that he labored with, and he loved going into work,” Yeatts stated.
Blevins leaves behind three stepdaughters. And though he and his spouse Teresa Blevins divorced, they remained finest buddies, Yeatts stated.
“Thanksgiving and Christmas had been his favourite holidays,” she stated.
Fernando “Jesus” Chavez-Barron, 16, of Chesapeake
Chavez-Barron was an honors scholar within the eleventh grade who had simply begun driving and had taken a part-time job to assist out his household, in accordance with buddies and a GoFundMe web page arrange for the household. The web page’s organizer, Tamara Nelson, confirmed by cellphone that the web page was genuine, however she declined to remark additional.
“An excellent son and glorious huge brother, he beloved constructing with Legos,” the GoFundMe web page states. “He will all the time be remembered as humble, loving, accountable and hardworking young man. His loss is felt, not solely by his household, however by so many others in his neighborhood.”
Family good friend Rosy Perez informed The New York Times that the teenager labored the in a single day shift at Walmart to help his household.
“He needed to assist a bit of bit,” Perez stated. “He was an excellent little one.”
Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake
Pyle grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, and moved again to the Hampton Roads area from Kentucky after reconnecting together with her highschool sweetheart on Facebook.
She and Brian Baker deliberate to marry subsequent 12 months.
“I’ve by no means seen her this blissful, besides when she talked about her youngsters,” stated a cousin, William Pillar-Gibson.
“This was not only a new chapter for her — it was the perfect chapter,” Pillar-Gibson informed the AP. “She was a grandmother. Her youngsters had been thriving. She was with the love of her life. She was again dwelling.”
Pyle had two grownup youngsters of their 20s and a young granddaughter who was “the sunshine of Kellie’s life,” her cousin stated.
Pyle had been the caregiver for her dad and mom when their well being failed and for her brother when he had a stroke.
“She dealt with every little thing,” Pillar-Gibson stated. “When one thing wanted to be carried out, she did it. And she skilled a number of loss.”
Recently, Pyle was extending her generosity and caregiving to the mother of her fiance, Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer.
In a quick assertion to the AP, Spencer stated: “We love her … She was an superior, type particular person — sure she was.”
Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake:
Pendleton made positive to be punctual. Although his shift as a custodian began at 10:30 p.m., he was within the break room when the shooting began simply after 10, in accordance with his mother, Michelle Johnson.
“He all the time got here to work early so he can be on time for work,” she informed The Associated Press Wednesday. “He favored his coworkers.”
Pendleton had lately celebrated his 10-year anniversary working on the retailer.
His mother stated he did not have any issues at work, besides with a supervisor, Andre Bing, who was recognized because the gunman.
“He simply did not like my son,” Johnson stated. “He would inform me that he (Bing) would give him a tough time.”
Pendleton was born with a congenital mind dysfunction and grew up in Chesapeake, his mother stated.
“He known as me yesterday earlier than he was going to work,” Johnson stated. “I all the time inform him to name me when will get off work.”
As she was preparing for mattress, Johnson acquired a name from a household good friend telling her there was a shooting on the Walmart.
“Brian was a happy-go-lucky man. Brian beloved household. Brian beloved buddies. He beloved to inform jokes,” his mother stated. “We’re going to overlook him.”
Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake:
Gamble was a custodian on the in a single day shift and had labored at Walmart for 15 years, The Washington Post reported.
His dad and mom Linda and Alonzo Gamble stated he beloved spending time together with his two sons.
“He simply saved to himself and did his job,” Linda Gamble stated. “He was the quiet one of many household.”
His mother stated Gamble loved going to his 19-year-old’s soccer video games and cheering for the Washington Commanders NFL workforce.
She posted on Facebook that she’s having bother saying goodbye.
“Missing my child proper now, life will not be identical with out my son,” she wrote.
Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth
Theodore Johnson, 41, informed The New York Times that his cousin lived together with her mother.
“She was young and needed to make her personal cash,” he stated.
When Johnson attended Western Branch High School, Casheba Cannon tutored the scholar with desires of faculty and a supportive household, Cannon informed The Washington Post.
“Education was within the forefront. Her household did no matter they needed to do to ensure she acquired help,” Cannon stated.
Johnson was prepared to work to higher herself, however she was additionally cheerful, helped youthful college students and “gelled” with everybody she encountered at Cannon’s Blessed Tutoring Services, she stated. Johnson had a way of fashion and love for music and dancing.
“She was that child. When she got here to tutoring, she was very properly put collectively,” Cannon stated. “Tyneka was a light-weight in a dim room.”
A makeshift memorial to Johnson was positioned in a grassy space outdoors the Walmart, with the phrases “Our Hearts are with you” and a basket of flowers.
The remembrance included a cluster of blue, white and gold balloons tied to a tree, alongside a stark yellow line of police tape.