Memorial skateboard ride planned for Brianna Benlolo
11:52 PM, Jan 31, 2014
COLUMBIA, Md. - With the wind behind his sails, riding fast and feeling free, Paul Malcolm said it helps him remember Brianna Benlolo—one of the victims of the shooting at The Mall in Columbia.
Both Benlolo and Malcolm worked at the mall and shared an affinity for longboarding. They met in the Columbia mall's food court last year.
"She was awesome. I told her straight up, I'm not gonna lie to you, you're a really confident girl," Malcolm said.
Tyler Bohn remembers too. He's back to boarding thanks to Benlolo after a birthday shopping trip to Zumiez, the store in the mall where she worked.
"I told her I have $400 in my pocket. It's my birthday. I want the best thing you have," Bohn said. "She went to the back and said ‘I was gonna buy this board today after work, but I'm gonna give it to you because it's your birthday.'"
That's just the kind of person the 21-year-old mother was.
Benlolo was killed along with Tyler Johnson Saturday inside the skate shop where they worked.
After nearly a week of mourning Benlolo's friends are back to doing what they know Benlolo would have loved.
"I said we're just gonna go ride. I don't care what we're doing, let's just go ride in her name in her honor," Bohn said.
A memorial ride has been organized for Saturday Feb. 1 at Centennial Park at 1 p.m. All are welcome.