‘He just didn’t like my son’: Walmart victim Brian Pendleton's mom says Andre Bing gave him a hard time

‘He just didn’t like my son’: Walmart victim Brian Pendleton's mom says Andre Bing gave him a hard time
Walmart shooter Andre Bing (L) had grudge against victim Brian Pendleton, claimed the latter's mother (Chesapeake Police Department, City of Chesapeake)

CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA: Walmart manager Andre Bing harbored a grudge against one of the six coworkers, whom he murdered in the breakroom before killing himself, according to the victim's mother. Before an employee meeting on Tuesday, November 22, Bing, a 31-year-old night manager at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, went on a murdering rampage and killed Brian Pendleton, 38 along with six other employees. 

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Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth, Lorenzo Gamble, 43, and Randy Blevins, 70, all from Chesapeake, as well as a 16-year-old boy Fernando Jesus Chavez, were the other victims of the horrific massacre​. On Thursday, November 24, a memorial comprised of six crosses, each commemorating one of the tragedy's six victims, was erected in front of Walmart, as per reported by NY Post. 

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Pendleton's mother claimed he didn't have any issues at work other than Bing, his supervisor, who she claimed harbored enmity toward him. “He just didn’t like my son,” Michelle Johnson said. “He would tell me that he (Bing) would give him a hard time.”

Pendleton was raised in Chesapeake and was born with a congenital brain abnormality, according to his mother. He had just marked the completion of 10 years of service as a custodian at Walmart. Pendleton took care to arrive on time. He was in the break room when the shooting began just after 10 am, despite the fact that his shift as a custodian began at 10.30 pm, according to Johnson. “He always came to work early so he would be on time for work,” she said. “He liked his coworkers.”

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The victim's mother claimed that her son last called her before his shift on Tuesday, November 22, which was the last time she had heard from him. Johnson received a call from a family friend as she was getting ready for bed informing her that there had been a shooting at Walmart. “I always tell him to call me when gets off work." She continued, “Brian was a happy-go-lucky guy. Brian loved family. Brian loved friends. He loved to tell jokes,” his mother said. “We’re going to miss him.”

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Bing was characterized by Ronald Johnson, a friend of Brian Pendleton's, who is 49 years old, as an "evil" man who pre-planned the crimes by compiling a list of people to kill and then raving about it in a delusional suicide note. Johnson, who currently resides in Chesapeake but used to work at the same Walmart, described Brian as his "brother." He had also met Bing, as the company's targeting manager at that time, as per records from Daily Mail. Pendleton was a wonderful, humorous man who did "anything for anybody," he continued, and they had been friends for more than 15 years.

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