Shooting Corona: Anthony Barajas, 1 of 2 teenagers killed in cinema, honored at funeral service
“What saddens me is that we will never see what comes next and how Anthony’s story unfolds,” said the young man’s father, Brian Barajas, in a poignant eulogy in a Anaheim Hills Church.
Anthony Barajas and Rylee Goodrich, 18, were shot dead on July 26 while watching horror film “The Forever Purge”, authorities said.
Barajas, whose videos were popular on TikTok, was remembered Saturday as a generous teenager who loved to sing and perform.
His larger-than-life personality and smile have made him a social media star, but it’s his love of helping others that his family says sets him apart.
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“Please try not to be angry and let this change any of you,” Brian Barajas told the mourners who filled the pews in the church. “Continue to follow Anthony’s example and live life to the fullest by making others around you happy. This is my son’s greatest achievement by far.”
The suspect of the double homicide, Joseph Jimenez, 20, reportedly confessed to having shot the two victims in order to execute.
But at the Church of San Antonio de Padua, the focus was on Anthony Barajas and the legacy he left behind, donating his organs to save others.
At the funeral, her sister, Julia Barajas, read a moving letter from her mother: “I know nothing will change the fact that you are no longer there with me physically.
“But as you said in your last post, I will try to follow your very wise words: ‘Better to lose count by naming your blessings than to lose your blessings by counting your troubles.'”
Holding back tears, Brian Barajas said his farewells and an epitaph: “We will miss you very much, Anthony. I love you, buddy – the best of sons, the best of men.”
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