TikTok Star Anthony Barajas Passes Away, 19 Days After Movie Theater Shooting.
A well-known TikTok user has died of his injuries after being wounded in a shooting at a California movie theater Monday night that left another woman dead, police said.
Anthony Barajas, 19, died early Saturday morning, the Corona Police Department said in a news release.
“We extend our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends,” the release said.
Barajas and a friend, Rylee Goodrich, 18, were at a showing of “The Forever Purge” at the Regal Edwards Movie theater in Corona on Monday, police said. The teens were friends and went to watch the movie together, according to police. Theater staff found them with gunshot wounds after the movie, according to police.
Goodrich died at the scene and Barajas was taken to a hospital for treatment where he was on life support.
Joseph Jimenez, 20, was arrested in connection with the shooting Tuesday and is being held on $2 million bail and charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery, according to an earlier report. The police department said Saturday it is working with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office to add another count of first-degree murder against Jimenez for Barajas’ death.
Jimenez was located by police at his home in El Cerrito, an unincorporated area of Corona. Police searched Jimenez’ home and found a firearm and additional evidence related to the movie theater crime scene, they said.
There were fewer than 10 people in the theater where Goodrich and Barajas were shot, Corona Police Capt. Paul Mercado said earlier this week, yet it has not been determined if the shooting happened during or after the movie.
“They were shot in the head,” Corona Police Cpl. Tobias Kouroubacalis said “We will not know how many times or the exact entry point of the bullet(s) until the coroner performs their autopsies and writes their reports.”
Barajas had nearly 930,000 followers on TikTok and recently posted video updates from a family vacation. During high school, he was a standout soccer player at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana.
Her cousin, Ashley Cole, said she had a “great heart” and always willing to helping others.