Memorial funds established for Columbia mall shooting victims

Two memorial funds have been established for the victims of the shooting in the Mall in Columbia, according to the official  Zumiez Facebook page

Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson were killed in the skateboarding apparel shop in the Columbia mall on Jan. 25, 2014. 

The Zumiez shop in the Columbia mall was barricaded off by a white wall. Shoppers began writing messages of hope on the blank canvas. The future of the shop remains up in the air.  Read: 'I never knew you, but I'll never forget you' 

From the Facebook page posting: 

"The 'Brianna Benlolo Memorial Fund' will benefit Brianna's son and will be set up as a trust to provide for his future health, education, support and maintenance. Contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo branch by referencing the Brianna Benlolo Me morial Fund or can be made by mailing a check to:

"The Brianna Benlolo Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1353 , Lynnwood, WA 98046

"The 'Tyler Johnson Memorial Fund' will benefit the Community Foundation of Howard County. Donations can be made care of:

The Tyler Johnson Memorial Fund, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Century Plaza, Suite 315, Columbia, MD 21044 and online at foundation."

A vigil for the two victims of the shooting will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Mall in Columbia, near the Starbucks. 

"We are deeply saddened by the violence that has occurred [on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014] within our store in Maryland at The Mall in Columbia," said Zumiez CEO Rick Brooks in a statement issued hours after the incident was first reported. "Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

"We're making arrangements for counseling to be made available to Zumiez employees in the area. As you can imagine, we are receiving numerous calls and are unable to respond to the flood of questions at this time. We're working with the Howard County police department and all information will come through them. We won't be giving interviews or comments. Thank you for understanding."

Police still have not confirmed a motive for the shooting as they continue to investigate every aspect of the case. Mall officials have pledged their full cooperation in the investigation.

"Our prayers and support are with the entire Columbia and Howard County communities," said Ashley Venable, senior general manager of The Mall in Columbia in a statement. We are cooperating with the Howard County Police Department as it conducts its investigation of today's tragedy.

"Howard County Police Department is releasing information to us and the community as quickly as possible and directing people to its Twitter account for the most up-to-date information. We ask you keep all those affected and their families in your prayers."


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