A TikTok star who had been on life support since he was shot in the head, along with his date, at a California movie theater this week died Saturday morning.
Anthony Barajas, 19, and Rylee Goodrich, 18, were at a showing of “The Forever Purge” at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings theater in Corona. Employees found the victims while cleaning the theater after the last showing of the film.
Goodrich died at the scene, and Barajas was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
The hospital released a statement on behalf of his family, the Press-Enterprise reported:
“With deep faith and the love of family and friends surrounding us, we are mourning the heart-wrenching passing of our beloved Anthony Barajas. From his quick smile to his compassionate heart, Anthony’s presence was a gift to all who knew him.
“Please provide our family with the grace of space and privacy as we search for ways to keep Anthony’s sweet spirit and legacy alive.”
The newspaper reported that police are working with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office to add a second murder charge against Joseph Jimenez, 20, who was arrested Tuesday night and charged with Goodrich’s death, robbery, and attempted murder. Police said that witness statements led them to the suspect.
The paper also said that Jimenez was charged with a special circumstance of lying in wait, which would make him eligible for the death penalty if he’s convicted. The DA’s office said that multiple murders would also be a special circumstance.
Jimenez’s arraignment had already postponed from Friday to August 5. It wasn’t clear if that would change after Barajas’ death. He remains behind bars on a $2 million bond.
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[Featured Photo: Rylee Goodrich and Anthony Barajas/Facebook]