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Youngest of Walmart mass shooting's six victims was 16-year old honors student

Fernando ‘Jesus’ Chavez-Barron, 16, of Chesapeake

Fernando ‘Jesus’ Chavez-Barron, 16, of Chesapeake

Chavez-Barron was an 11th grade honor student who had just started driving and had taken a part-time job to help support his family, according to friends and a GoFundMe page set up for the family. The page’s organizer, Tamara Nelson, confirmed by phone that the page was authentic, but she declined to comment further.

“An outstanding son and a great older brother, he loved to build with Legos,” the GoFundMe page says. “He will always be remembered as a humble, affectionate, responsible and hard-working young man. His loss is felt, not only by his family, but by many others in his community.’

Family friend Rosy Perez told The New York Times the teen worked the night shift at Walmart to help support his family.

“I wanted to help out a little bit,” Perez said. He was a very good boy.

Kellie Pyle, 52, Of Chesapeake

Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake

Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake

Pyle grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, and moved back to the Hampton Roads region from Kentucky after reconnecting with his high school sweetheart on Facebook.

She and Brian Baker planned to get married next year.

“I have never seen her so happy, except when she was talking about her children,” said a cousin, William Pillar-Gibson.

“This was not just a new chapter for her, it was the best chapter,” Pillar-Gibson. She was a grandmother. Her children were thriving. She was with the love of her life. She was back home.

Pyle had two grown sons in their 20s and a young granddaughter who was “the light of Kellie’s life,” her cousin said.

Pyle had been the caretaker for her parents when their health failed and for her brother when he had a stroke.

“She handled everything,” Pillar-Gibson said. ‘When something had to be done, she did it. And she experienced a lot of losses.

Pyle recently extended his generosity and care to his fiancée’s mother, Gwendolyn Bowe Baker Spencer.

In a short statement, Spencer said: “We loved her…She was an amazing and kind person, yes she was.”

Brian Pendleton, 38, Of Chesapeake

Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake

Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake

Pendleton made sure to be on time. Although his shift as janitor began at 10:30 p.m., he was in the break room when the shooting began shortly after 10 p.m., according to his mother, Michelle Johnson.

“He would always get to work early to get to work on time,” she said. He liked his coworkers.

Pendleton had recently celebrated his 10th anniversary working at the store.

His mother said she didn’t have any problems at work except with a supervisor, Andre Bing, who was identified as the gunman.

“He just didn’t like my son,” Johnson said. “He was telling me that he (Bing) would give him a hard time.”

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 he was getting ready for bed, Johnson received a call from a family friend that there was a shooting at Walmart.

‘Brian was a carefree guy. Brian loved family. Brian loved friends. He loved to tell jokes,’ his mother said. We are going to miss it.

Randy Blevins, 70, Of Chesapeake

Randy Blevins, 70, of Chesapeake

Randy Blevins, 70, of Chesapeake

Blevins started working for Walmart in the early 1990s after the nickel store he owned with his wife, Teresa, went under, his stepdaughter Cassandra Yeatts said.

When Walmart came to town, it put their business out of business,” Yeatts said. “My mom contacted the manager at Walmart on Sam’s Drive and said, ‘Hey, you put us out of business and my husband needs a job.'”

Blevins interviewed and was hired on the spot as a night warehouseman, a job that included unloading trucks, Yeatts said.

He liked third shift because he had the days to himself. He attended Norfolk Admirals hockey games and watched Washington Commanders football and professional wrestling games on television.

Blevins also took snapshots of people and places in the nearby Isle of Wight county, according to a 1996 story in the Isle of Wight Citizen. The photos were put on postcards and sold at a different five cents that his brother was driving.

Blevins never missed a day of work, her stepdaughter said.

“He never had any complaints about anyone he worked with, and he enjoyed going to work,” Yeatts said.

Blevins leaves behind three stepdaughters. And although he and his wife Teresa Blevins divorced, they remained best friends, Yeatts said.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas were her favorite holidays,” she said.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, Of Portsmouth

Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth

Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth

Theodore Johnson, 41, told The New York Times that his cousin lived with her mother.

“She was young and she wanted to make her own money,” he said.

When Johnson attended Western Branch High School, Casheba Cannon tutored the student with dreams of college and a supportive family, Cannon told The Washington Post.

“Education was at the forefront. His family did everything they had to to make sure he got help,” Cannon said.

Johnson was willing to work to better herself, but she was also cheerful, helping younger students and “getting along” with everyone she encountered at Cannon Blessed Tutoring Services, she said. Johnson had a sense of style and a love of music and dance.

“She was that kid. When she came to tutoring, she was very well organized,” Cannon said. “Tyneka was a light in a dark room.”

A makeshift memorial to Johnson was placed in a grassy area outside Walmart, bearing the words “Our hearts go out to you” and a basket of flowers.

The souvenir included a group of blue, white and gold balloons tied to a tree, along with a yellow line of police tape.

Lawrence Gamble, 43, Of Chesapeake

Lawrence Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake

Lawrence Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake

Gamble was a night shift janitor who had worked at Walmart for 15 years, The Washington Post reported.

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

“He just kept quiet and did his job,” Linda Gamble said. “He was the quiet one in the family.”

His mother said Gamble liked to go to her 19-year-old son’s football games and cheer on the Washington Commanders NFL team.

He posted on Facebook that he’s having trouble saying goodbye.

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

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