These are the six victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting

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

Night shift foreman Andre Bing entered the break room where 14 employees were meeting shortly after 10 p.m. and opened fire with a handgun. Then he turned the gun on himself.

Those killed were Lorenzo Gamble, 43; Brian Pendleton, 38; Kellie Pyle, 52; Randall Blevins, 70; Tyneka Johnson, 22; and Fernando Chavez Jr, 16.

At least six other surviving victims were taken to local hospitals for further treatment, with two still hospitalized on Friday.

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 in a grassy area outside the Walmart, with the words “Our hearts are with you” and a basket of flowers Wednesday morning.

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

Tyneka Johnson (Facebook)

Ms Johnson was the first victim to be publicly identified.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post Tuesday night, her family pleaded for help finding 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 if it’s safe. This post is about the help and location of Tyneka Johnson. No questions. She just helps.

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

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

Fernando Chavez Jr, 16, of Chesapeake

Fernando Chavez Jr, known to family and friends as Fernando Jesus Chavez, was the youngest victim killed in the Chesapeake massacre.

A crowd gathered at Sam’s Circle Walmart Thursday to pay their respects to the teenager who family and friends described as “humble and smart.”

“Fernando was such a nice guy, he would say hello to everyone,” said Joshua Trejo, 17, who has been a friend since middle school. He added that he and Fernando were looking forward to working together on a new job, he said Virginian pilot newspaper.

He was quoted as saying he texted Chavez several times before learning from his friend’s brother that he had been killed.

Another friend of the teen, 17-year-old Kayla Pineda, said when she learned of his death, “I just snapped and started crying.”

“I’m just going back to all the memories and how he’s gone now,” she said. “It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

“I think I’m still in shock,” Kayla said. “I guess I don’t want her to really leave us.”

His loved ones organized a GoFundMe fundraiser for the teen’s funeral.

Kellie Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake

Kellie Pyle was remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who was planning a wedding in the near future.

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

Kelly Pyle

Kelly Pyle

Ms. Pyle had grown children in Kentucky, where she lived for years, who will travel to Virginia in the wake of the tragedy, Ms. Spencer said.

Billy Pillar-Gibson, Mrs Pyle’s cousin, said The Washington Post who had recently moved back to her native Norfolk in May after reconnecting with her high school sweetheart following a divorce.

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

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

Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake

Brian Pendleton made sure he was on time. Although his shift as janitor began at 10:30 pm, according to his mother, Michelle Johnson, she was in the break room when filming began just after 10:00 pm.

“He always came to work early to be on time for work,” he told the Associated Press Wednesday. “He liked his colleagues.”

Brian Pendleton

Brian Pendleton

Mr. Pendleton had recently celebrated his 10th anniversary by working in the shop.

His mother said he had no problems at work, except with a supervisor, Andre Bing, now identified as the gunman.

“He just didn’t like my son,” Ms Johnson said. “She told Me that he (Bing) would give him a hard time.”

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

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

As she was getting ready for bed, Mrs Johnson received a phone call from a family friend telling her that there had been a shooting in the shop.

“Brian was a carefree boy. Brian loved family. Brian loved friends. He loved telling jokes,” his mother said. “He will be missed.”

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

“If you had any problems, you could go to Brian,” Mr. Johnson said. “He would go batting for you and help you with anything.”

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

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

Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake

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

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

Lorenzo Game

Lorenzo Game

“He just kept to himself and did his job,” Ms Gamble said. “He was the quiet one of the family.”

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

He posted on Facebook that he has trouble saying goodbye.

“I miss my baby right now, life just isn’t the same without my baby,” she wrote.

Randy Blevins, 70, of Chesapeake

Randy Blevins was a longtime member of the store team who set prices and organized merchandise, Times reported.

Randy Blevins

Randy Blevins

Former colleague Ms. Reese, who worked at the store from about 2015 to 2018, spoke fondly of Blevins as “Mr. Randy.”

He said the store’s night staff were “family” and that the employees relied on each other.

With reporting from The Associated Press

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