ALLEN, Texas — Eight people died and several others were injured Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a Dallas-area outlet mall.
Authorities said the shooting happened at Allen Premium Outlets. The gunman, who was identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety on Sunday as 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, was shot and killed by an officer who was at the mall on an unrelated call, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Here’s what we know about the victims:
Elio Cumana-Rivas, 32
Elio Cumana-Rivas is the eighth and final victim to be identified by officials. He was a 32-year-old man who lived in Dallas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
No additional information about Cumana-Rivas was immediately available, according to The Dallas Morning News.
JUST IN: @TxDPS releases official victim info from #Allen shooting.— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) May 8, 2023
A new and final name, one that hasn’t been widely reported yet, is 32-year-old Elio Cumana-Rivas.
Per DPS he’s from Dallas.
Christian LaCour, 20
The family of 20-year-old Christian LaCour confirms to me he was one of the 8 people killed in Saturday's mass shooting at the #Allen Outlet Mall.— Peyton Yager (@peytonyager) May 7, 2023
LaCour worked at the mall as a security guard on site and grew up in Farmersville, TX. @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/wOhQPwnU6J
Family members told KDFW that Christian LaCour was working as a security guard at Allen Premium Outlets when he was killed in Saturday’s shooting. He grew up in Farmersville, about 25 miles east of Allen, WFAA reported.
Max Weiss, who worked at a store in the mall, told CNN that he was “the kind of person who would just walk into the store and everyone in the room would light up because he was there.”
“Every time he was in the store, it felt safer,” he said. “He brought laughter and joy and always knew what to say.”
Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27
#NEW Aishwarya Thatikonda was shopping at the Allen Outlet mall for her upcoming 28th birthday.— Jobin Panicker (@jobinpnews) May 8, 2023
Aishwarya will forever be 27.
Family rep confirms to me the McKinney engineer was killed in the mass shooting in #AllenTexas.
"She was very friendly and very loving." @wfaa pic.twitter.com/3KWcWpUloS
A family representative told WFAA that Aishwarya Thatikonda was with a friend at Allen Premium Outlets when she was killed on Saturday. Her friend was among those injured.
Thatikonda, who was from India, was in the U.S. on a work visa and working for a general contractor based in Frisco, KTVT-TV reported. Officials with the Telugu Association of North America told the news station that they were working to return her remains to India.
Daniela and Sofia Mendoza
Officials with the Wylie Independent School District said in an email to parents on Monday that two elementary school students, Daniela and Sofia Mendoza, were among those killed Saturday, WFAA reported.
The sisters were killed while their mother, Ilda, was in critical condition on Monday, the news station reported, citing district officials. Daniela was a fourth grade student while Sofia was a second grader.
The girls were “rays of sunshine,” Cox Elementary School principal Krista Wilson said in the message to parents, according to WFAA. On a verified GoFundMe campaign, their aunt said they have “left a void that nothing in the world could ever fill.”
“Please pray for their mom, my sister, and her broken heart,” Anabel Del Angel wrote on the campaign page. “Please also pray for their dad, that despite all the trauma he has had to endure, is still unbelievably strong. They will be forever missed and loved.”
Kyu, Cindy and James Cho
Friends identified Kyu, Cindy and James Cho as three of the people killed in Saturday’s shooting.
James Cho was 3 years old, friends said on a verified GoFundMe campaign launched to raise money for the family. James Cho, 6, survived the shooting.
The Cho family went to Allen Premium Outlets on Saturday to exchange clothes that William got for his birthday, which happened four days earlier.
“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,” according to the GoFundMe campaign. “Cindy, Kyu and three year old James were amongst those victims that tragically lost their lives and the family is in deep mourning.”