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A bride, a devoted father and a 16-year-old boy: these are the six victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting

Six employees were killed in the attack on the Walmart branch in Chesapeake, Virginia on November 22, 2022.

Night shift team leader Andre Bing entered the break room where 14 employees were meeting shortly after 10 pm and opened fire with a pistol. He then pointed the gun at himself.

Those killed were Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins and Tyneka Johnson. The sixth victim, a 16-year-old boy from Chesapeake, has not been publicly identified because he is a minor.

At least six other surviving victims were taken to local hospitals for further treatment, with three still hospitalized as of Wednesday morning.

Here’s what we know about those whose lives were taken just before Thanksgiving.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth

A makeshift memorial to Tyneka Johnson was placed on a grassy area outside Walmart, complete with the words “Our hearts are with you” and a basket of flowers on Wednesday morning.

The keepsake included a cluster of blue, white and gold balloons tied to a tree, alongside a solid yellow line of police tape.

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Mrs. Johnson was the first victim to be publicly identified.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post on Tuesday night, her family begged for help in figuring out what had happened to her.

“We need help locating my little cousin. She is a Walmart employee,” wrote a desperate family member.

“Everyone needs to know she’s safe. This post is about helping and locating Tyneka Johnson. No questions. Just help.

Hours later, family members posted a photo of the 21-year-old with heartbreak emojis.

A relative confirmed her death to 7NewsDC on Wednesday, describing her as “the nicest person, who never bothered anybody.”

Kellie Pyle, 52, from Chesapeake

Kellie Pyle was remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who had plans to marry in the near future.

“We love her,” said Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer. “She was going to marry my son next year. She was an amazing, kind person – yes, she was.

Mrs. Pyle had adult children in Kentucky, where she lived for years, who will travel to Virginia after the tragedy, Ms. Spencer.

Billy Pillar-Gibson, cousin of Mrs. Pyle, said The Washington Post that she had recently moved back to her native Norfolk in May after reconnecting with her high school sweetheart following their divorce.

He too had worked at the store and was familiar with the break room in which she died.

“We grew up in a crazy family and we understood each other,” said Pillar-Gibson. “I don’t remember life without her.”

Brian Pendleton, 38, from Chesapeake

Brian Pendleton made sure he was punctual. Although his shift as a janitor started at 10:30 pm, he was in the break room when the shooting started, just after 10 pm, according to his mother, Michelle Johnson.

“He was always early to work to be on time,” she told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “He liked his co-workers.”

Mr. Pendleton recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary working at the store.

The mother said he had no problems at work, except with a supervisor, André Bing, already identified as the shooter.

“He just didn’t like my son,” Johnson said. “He used to tell me that he (Bing) would give him work.”

Pendleton was born with a congenital brain disorder and grew up in Chesapeake, his mother said.

“He called me yesterday before he went to work,” Johnson said. “I always tell him to call me when he gets off work.”

As she prepared for bed, Mrs. Johnson got a call from a family friend saying there was a shootout at the store.

“Brian was a carefree guy. Brian loved his family. Brian loved friends. He loved to tell jokes,” said his mother. “We will miss him.”

Josh Johnson, a former Walmart employee, remembers him as an older brother who always remained humble and was among the store’s hardest workers.

“If you had a problem, you could go to Brian,” Johnson said. “He would fight for you and help you with anything.”

Another former Walmart employee, Shaundrayia Reese, said The New York Times newspaper: “He never raised his voice, never had a bad bone in his body.”

“Nobody could say anything bad about that man,” she added. “He was one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my life. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”

Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake

Lorenzo Gamble was a janitor on the night shift and worked at Walmart for 15 years, Publish reported.

His parents, Linda and Alonzo Gamble, said he loved spending time with their two children.

“He just kept to himself and did his job,” Gamble said. “He was the quietest in the family.”

His mother said Gamble enjoyed going to her 19-year-old son’s football games and cheering on the Washington Commanders NFL team.

She posted on Facebook that she is having trouble saying goodbye.

“Missing my baby now, life is not the same without my son,” she wrote.

Randy Blevins, 70, from Chesapeake

Randy Blevins was a longtime member of the store staff who set prices and organized merchandise, which Schedules reported.

Former co-worker Mrs. Reese, who worked at the store from around 2015 to 2018, spoke fondly of Blevins as “Mr. Randy.

She said the store’s night staff was “like a family” and that the employees trusted each other.

With reporting from the Associated Press

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org