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‘Missing My Baby’: 6 killed in Virginia Wal-Mart shooting


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A caretaker and father of two. A mother with marriage plans. A carefree guy.

That’s how friends and family have described some of the six people killed at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., when a manager opened fire with a handgun just before an employee meeting. Five adults have been identified, while authorities have not released the name of the sixth person killed, a 16-year-old boy.

Here are some details about those who were lost:

Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake

This photo provided by the Chesapeake, Va. Police Department shows Kellie Pyle, who Chesapeake police have identified as one of six victims in a shooting that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at a Walmart in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake Police Department via Associated Press

Pyle is remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who had plans for marriage in the near future.

“We love it,” said Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer. “She was going to marry my son next year. She was a great, kind person – yes, she was.

Pyle had adult children in Kentucky who will travel to Virginia following the tragedy, Spencer said.

Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake

‘Missing My Baby’: 6 killed in Virginia Wal-Mart shooting
This photo provided by the Chesapeake, Va. Police Department shows Brian Pendleton, whom Chesapeake police have identified as one of six victims in a shooting that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at a Walmart in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake Police Department via Associated Press

Pendleton made sure to be punctual. Although his guard shift began at 10:30 p.m., he was in the break room when the shooting began just after 10 p.m., according to his mother, Michelle Johnson.

“He always came to work early to be on time for work,” she told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “He loved his colleagues.”

Pendleton had recently celebrated its 10th anniversary working at the store.

His mother said he had no problems at work except with a supervisor, Andre Bing, who was identified as the shooter.

“He just didn’t like my son,” Johnson said. “He was telling me he (Bing) would give him a hard time.”

Pendleton was born with a congenital brain disorder and grew up in Chesapeake, his mother said.

“He called me yesterday before going to work,” Johnson said. “I always tell him to call me when he gets off work.”

As she was getting ready for bed, Johnson received a call from a family friend telling her there was a shooting at Walmart.

“Brian was a carefree guy. Brian loved family. Brian loved friends. He liked to tell jokes,” his mother said. “We will miss him.”

Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake

‘Missing My Baby’: 6 killed in Virginia Wal-Mart shooting
This photo provided by the Chesapeake, Va. Police Department shows Lorenzo Gamble, whom Chesapeake police have identified as one of six victims of a shooting that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at a Walmart in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake Police Department via Associated Press

Gamble was a night guard and worked at Walmart for 15 years, The Washington Post reported.

His parents, Linda and Alonzo Gamble, said he enjoyed spending time with his two sons.

“He stayed on his own and did his job,” Linda Gamble said. “He was the quietest of the family.”

His mother said Gamble enjoyed going to her 19-year-old’s football games and cheering on the Washington Commanders NFL team.

She posted on Facebook that she was struggling to say goodbye.

“I miss my baby right now, life isn’t the same without my son,” she wrote.

Randy Blevins, 70, of Chesapeake

‘Missing My Baby’: 6 killed in Virginia Wal-Mart shooting
This photo provided by the Chesapeake, Va. Police Department shows Randy Blevins, whom Chesapeake police have identified as one of six victims in a shooting that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at a Walmart in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake Police Department via Associated Press

Blevins was a longtime member of the store’s team that set prices and arranged merchandise, The New York Times reported.

Former co-worker Shaundraiaia Reese, who said she worked at the store from around 2015 to 2018, spoke fondly of Blevins as “Mr. Excited.”

She said the store’s night shift was “a family” and employees relied on each other.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, from Portsmouth

‘Missing My Baby’: 6 killed in Virginia Wal-Mart shooting
This photo provided by the Chesapeake, Va. Police Department shows Tyneka Johnson, who Chesapeake police have identified as one of six victims in a shooting that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at a Walmart in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake Police Department via Associated Press

A makeshift memorial to Johnson was placed in a grassy area outside Walmart, with the words “Our hearts are with you” and a basket of flowers.

The souvenir included a group of blue, white and gold balloons tied to a tree, along a bright yellow line of police tape.

Kelleher contributed to this report from Honolulu.



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