BURLINGTON, Wash. - UPDATE: In Setember 2017, Tanya Young, the daughter of Cascade Mall shooting victim Shayla Martin created a memorial scholarship to honor her mother. The video of her story is below.
ORIGINAL TEXT: Five people were killed in a shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash., about an hour and 20 minutes north of downtown Seattle.
Each of the confirmed victims is remembered below, and we’ll update this story with additional details and pictures as we get them. If you knew the victims and want to share your thoughts, use this link to send us an e-mail.
- 5 people killed at mall in Burlington, Wash.
- 4 people killed were women
- Shooter at large for more than 24 hours
- Shooting happened near the Macy’s makeup department
- No indication the shootings were a terrorist act
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Sarai was 16 years old and a student at Mount Vernon High School. Friends said she was at the mall with her dad.
Her mother said she survived cancer as a young girl and was a happy student.
Lara’s father stepped outside to smoke when the shooting started, KIRO 7 was told.
Two Mount Vernon High School classmates of Sarai sought solace at a vigil in Sedro-Woolley Saturday tonight.
"We had two classes together and we had lunch also together," said Selena Orozco, her voice breaking. "I mean we took our last pictures together also."
"Our school is going to be wearing pink and purple for her on Monday," said Rachel Marsh. "Just to show our respects."
They stood in one long embrace Monday, dressed in purple and pink, these grieving classmates of 16-year-old Sarai Lara.
"Today was like one of the most shocking experiences," said Daniel Cruz Guzman, 15.
That's how he describes the first day of classes since Lara and four others were killed at the Cascade Mall. It was, he said, a difficult day, especially for Lara's closest friends.
"I was putting myself in her friends' positions," Guzman said. "Because I've lost a couple people, too. So I could relate to what they're feeling."
Before classes started, he shot video of the entire school forming a circle of silence, in her honor.
It was, they said, a remarkable sight.
"There was a lot of emotions running high over there with her friends," said Benjamin Sanchez, 15. "It was heartbreaking to see her friends cry and friends I knew who lost a great person."
There were counselors available for those who needed to talk at Mount Vernon High School and the Conway School District where Lara was in school through 8th grade.
Monday was a sad day all around.
Belinda Galde and Beatrice Dotson
Galde and her mother, Beatrice Dotson, were at Macy’s together.
Belinda, 64, was a probation officer. She is remembered fondly by one of her parolees.
"That day when I went in there, it was kind of cool, you know," said Donny Schack. "I wasn't stressing on it because we're cool. She was really nice."
Beatrice was 95 years old.
Another victim of the Cascade Mall shooting was Chuck Eagan, 61, a longtime Boeing maintenance worker from Lake Stevens.
Chuck and his wife were out for a Friday night dinner date and shopping at the mall, and they had made their way to Macy’s when the gunman opened fire.
Chuck and his wife began running when they saw women being killed, but his wife fell down as she was trying to get away. Chuck rushed to save her, and as he helped his wife, he was shot and killed.
Shayla Martin, 52, of Mount Vernon, spent decades selling dresses and makeup at Macy’s, according to The Everett Herald. She was at her job in the cosmetics department in Macy’s at Cascade Mall when shots were fired.
Video from Monday's moment of silence honoring Sarai Lara below.
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