How did Anthony Barajas die? TikToker, 19, was hurt in 'unprovoked attack' at 'Purge' screening
CORONA, CALIFORNIA: The TikTok star who was shot while watching 'The Forever Purge' at a theater in Corona, California, on Monday, July 26, has died, news outlets reported on Saturday, July 31. Anthony Barajas, 19, became the second person to die as a result of this shooting in the theater in Corona. Rylee Goodrich, an 18-year-old young woman, Barajas' friend was shot and killed at the scene. Police have so far described it as an "unprovoked attack."
Police said the incident happened while the victims were watching the newest film of the dystopian slasher horror titled 'The Forever Purge' in a California movie theater on Monday night, July 26. The woman died during a shooting, which allegedly nobody inside the theater heard.
The news of this shooting comes months after three people were hurt in gunfire outside a Times Square theater, including a four-year-old kid. A man was shot and killed by cops just outside the Hollywood Walk of Fame a few weeks ago after flashing a fake pistol at them. Aiden Leos, a California teen, was also fatally shot in a case of cold-blooded murder in a case of road rage not long ago.
How did Anthony Barajas die?
Anthony Barajas, a TikTok star, was shot in the head at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings & RPX movie theater and was put on life support. On TikTok, Barajas is known as @itsanthonymichael and has roughly a million followers.
Employees had discovered Goodrich and Barajas late on Monday, July 26, following a 9.35 pm screening of 'The Forever Purge'. The teenagers were shot in the head, The Sun reported. Joseph Jimenez, 20, of Corona's unincorporated area, was charged with one count of murder with a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death; one count of attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement of personally inflicting great bodily injury; and a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing great bodily injury. According to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, a special circumstance accusation of lying in wait was also introduced.
"With deep faith and the love of family and friends surrounding us, we are mourning the heart-wrenching passing of our beloved Anthony Barajas," said Riverside Community Hospital in a statement on behalf of Barajas's family on Saturday, July 31."From his quick smile to his compassionate heart, Anthony’s presence was a gift to all who knew him. Please provide our family with the grace of space and privacy as we search for ways to keep Anthony’s sweet spirit and legacy alive."
During their investigation, detectives allegedly discovered a handgun of the same caliber as the weapon used in the double shooting. Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened. There appears to be no link between the victims and Jimenez, according to the district attorney's office, which believes the attack was random.