Letter: In case you missed the Texas carnage, these are the people who died there

People raise their hands as they leave a shopping center following reports of a shooting, Saturday, May 6, 2023, in Allen, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Just by some slim chance that those here have not seen or heard the list of the people killed at the mall in Dallas, Texas, I thought I would list them here and add a small bio. I remember some commenters saying they don’t watch television news so hopefully they might read this.

The Cho family. Father, 37, mother, 35, and small child. Another small child escaped the tragedy and will live his life without a mother, father or brother. The Cho family was at the mall for a day that should have been filled with light, love and celebration but ended in tragedy.

Daniela and Sophia Mendoza, sisters who both attended an elementary school in the area. Their elementary School principal described the sisters as rays of sunshine and they will not be forgotten. She also added: “hug your kids and tell them you love them.”

Christian LaCour, a 20-year-old security guard at the outlet. Friends say Christian was a sweet caring young man who was loved greatly by his family. The 20-year-old was the kind of person who when he walked into the store everyone would light up because he was there. Every time he was in the store it felt safer, said his supervisor.

Aishwarya Tatikonda: She was visiting the mall with a friend and was just a few days short of turning 28. Family and friends described her as a loving hard-working person.

As an added note: A former member of the military happened to be in the area and heard the call go out on his police radio. He was the first responder to the mall and described the following: The first man he came to he felt for a pulse and he had none so he began chest compressions. He said the man was profusely bleeding through the mouth and the man just looked up at him, closed his eyes and died. He had seen a small child lying against the building. He went to her and could not feel a pulse so he attempted to move her. When he turned her around he said she had no face. Let me repeat that: She had no face. A small child was having a fun day at the mall and ended up with no face.

This and all the others did not have to happen were it not for the NRA and majority of Republican office holders. They care more about their precious guns than they do human lives, including small children’s. As I write this, it is the 128th day of the year and so far there have been over 300 mass killings by weapons of war. Until something is done there will be another one tomorrow and another one the next day.

Jack Laber, Herriman

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