TikTok star second to die in California theater shooting; suspect from Bay Area

CORONA, California (AP) – A young man who was on life support after being shot at a Southern California cinema has died, police and his family said Saturday.

Anthony Barajas, 19, was watching the “Forever Purification” at a theater in Corona and Rylee Goodrich, 18, on Monday when they were shot in the head. They were found by an employee after the last show of the night.

Goodrich died at the scene. Barajas was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was placed on life support.

Police said the shooting appeared random and unprovoked. They were working with the Riverside County prosecutor to add a second murder count against the suspected shooter, Joseph Jimenez.

“No information the suspect and the victims had any previous contact before these crimes took place,” Corona Police Cpl. Tobias Kouroubacalis told a press conference.

Jimenez, 20, appeared in Riverside County Superior Court on Friday after being charged with the murder of Goodrich’s death and attempted murder in Barajas. But he did not enter into a plea, and his arraignment was postponed to next week.

Prosecutors also charged Jimenez with a special circumstance of lying in wait that makes him eligible for the death penalty if convicted as accused. Investigators served a search warrant at his home in El Cerrito, where they say they found a firearm with evidence related to the double killing.

“Based on the evidence provided to our office, this appears to be a random and unprovoked assault,” the Riverside district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Jimenez has been in prison since his arrest. It is unclear if he caught a lawyer who could speak for him.

Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that Barajas was an honorary high school student and had nearly 1 million followers on TikTok, where he posted lip-sync videos and skits.

“From his quick smile to his compassionate heart, Anthony’s presence was a gift for everyone who knew him,” his family said in a statement.

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