A TV journalist, a girl and a woman who were killed in a series of shootings in Florida have been identified.
The three people “senselessly murdered” by a teenage gunman are Spectrum News 13 reporter Dylan Lyons, 24, T’yonna Major, 9, and Nathacha Augustin, 38, the paper said. Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning.
They died after suspected gunman Keith Melvin Moses, 22, opened fire in the Orlando area on Wednesday and injured two other people.
Lyons, who would have turned 25 in March, was identified by his older sister and bride.
“He was an active father to his niece and nephew who he loved so much. He loved his bride and was a devoted son to his mother and father,” wrote his sister Rachel Lyons in a GoFundMe page. ‘He was a happy soul and a wonderful person in life. My brother was our baby. He was taken from us too soon.
His bride Casey Lynn tweeted: ‘The love of my life was murdered. I will never be the same person again.’
Spectrum Sports 360 reporter Josh Miller said in an obituary published by the outlet that Dylan “loved the community, telling people’s stories, reporting the news and was just passionate about what he did.”
The GoFundMe page raised over $35,000 as of Thursday afternoon.
T’yonna was in third grade at Pine Hills Elementary School. She had an “infectious smile,” wrote the director.
His mother was shot and left in critical condition.
Augustin was found shot to death Wednesday morning on Hialeah Street in the Pine Hills neighborhood. Investigators initially reported that she was in her 20s.
Moses approached Augustin and a witness while they were driving and smoking marijuana, according to an affidavit obtained by WESH. Moses hitchhiked and about 30 seconds later, a loud bang sounded and Augustin was shot, the witness said.
Augustin “didn’t have a problem with anyone,” the witness said.
Moses reportedly returned to the scene and is accused of shooting at a news crew that went to cover the crime. Dylan’s colleague, photojournalist Jesse Walden, was seriously injured. Moses then supposedly killed T’yonna and injured her mother.
His criminal record dates back to January 2018. Moses was arrested on Wednesday and charged with murder in connection with Augustin’s death. He was expected to face additional charges for the other four people shot.
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