- Anthony Barajas died on Saturday from injuries sustained in the July 26 shooting.
- Joseph Jimenez, 20, was being held on $ 2 million bail.
- Barajas has nearly a million subscribers on TikTok.
California police were trying to determine the motive for a “random and unprovoked attack” on a movie theater on Sunday that killed two people, including TikTok star Anthony Barajas.
Barajas died Saturday of injuries sustained in the July 26 shooting at the Regal Edwards Theater in Corona, a Riverside County town of 160,000 people 80 km east of Los Angeles.
Joseph Jimenez, 20, was being held on $ 2 million bail for murder and other charges, including a special circumstance of waiting that makes him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Police said Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Barajas, 19, both from Corona, watched the movie “The Forever Purge”. The film is the fifth installment in a horror film franchise in which murder and other violent crimes are legal for one day per year.
After the movie ended, theater workers cleaned up the auditorium and made “the horrific discovery that both victims were shot in the head,” Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a statement. .
Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene. Barajas, a social media influencer whose TikTok account had garnered nearly a million followers, was taken to a nearby hospital where he remained on life support until his death, Hestrin said.
No motive for the shooting was immediately determined, and there was no known link between the victims and Jimenez, Hestrin said. Robbery charges were filed, but it was not clear if that was the motive.
“Based on the evidence provided to our office, this appears to be a random and unprovoked attack,” Hestrin said.
Malik Earnest, a friend of Barajas, thanked on Twitter everyone who “raised Anthony in prayer”.
“Anthony went on a ‘honor walk’ where he would ultimately donate his organs so that others could live,” Earnest wrote.
After the shooting, Corona Police detectives determined Jimenez to be a potential suspect in the shooting, Hestrin said. The Riverside County Gang Impact Team has been asked to help locate Jimenez. Jimenez has no known gang affiliations, but the team often helps find and arrest major violent crime suspects, Hestrin said.
Jimenez was taken into police custody the next day. During the service of the search warrant, detectives found and seized a handgun of the same caliber as the weapon allegedly used in the murder, Hestrin said.
The county’s Victim Services Division was helping Rylee’s family with funeral costs through the California Victim Compensation Board. Family members opened a gofundme account which raised over $ 60,000 on Sunday.
“Words seem insufficient to express the sadness felt over the loss of Rylee,” said her cousin Ashley-Starr Cole. “Her kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered. “