William Cho: Boy, 6, orphaned as his family including 3-year-old brother die in Texas mall massacre
ALLEN, TEXAS: A six-year-old boy has been orphaned after his parents and 3-year-old brother got killed in the Allen mass shooting. Following the shooting rampage in Allen, Texas, on Saturday, May 6 dentist Cindy Cho, 35, her husband Kyu, 37, and their three-year-old son James, were all shot to death.
In the horrific tragedy, the Korean descendant's eldest son William Cho was also injured and was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries. Thought to be the youngest injured in the attack, William had celebrated his sixth birthday just four days before. He has now been moved from the ICU.
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'An afternoon that should have been filled with light'
The GoFundMe page for the family had raised over $379,405 dollars against the $50,000 goal when the story was written. "An afternoon that should have been filled with light, love, and celebration, unfortunately, was cut short by another mass shooting massacre that left 8 victims dead," the organizers wrote on the fundraising platform.
'William is the only surviving member of this horrific event'
"After being released from the ICU, their six-year-old son William is the only surviving member of this horrific event," it added. According to Myoung Joon Kim, head of the South Korean consulate in Dallas, the victims are US Citizens. "The Korean consulate joins the people of the Dallas-Fort Worth area to express our deepest condolences for the victims and their family members. We pray for the victims and their family members for their healing and recovery," they said as per the Daily Mail.
There were three children among the casualties of the Allen Mall incident. Sisters Daniela and Sofia Mendoza, both in first grade, also died. CBS News reported, their mother Ida is still in the hospital and is in critical condition. Along with security guard Christian LaCour, 20, Aishwarya Thatikonda, a 27-year-old engineer from India, was also killed while visiting the mall with a companion.
Mauricio Garcia's extreme beliefs are being investigated
Mauricio Garcia, the 33-year-old shooter who was shot dead is being told of having right-wing extremists and white supremacy beliefs as the clothing patch had the letters RWDS, written which stands for "Right Wing Death Squad". Moreover, his social media includes pictures of "Nazi swastikas and SS tattoos, other posts glorifying Nazis, and rambling messages about violence," as per BBC. Garcia was heavily armed with a plastic vest and a handgun and apart from an AR-type rifle more guns were found in his car by police. One report quoting authorities said Garcia was heavily armed and it appeared he was on a mission.