Popular TikTok star, Anthony Barajas has died from his injuries days after a man
opened fire inside a Southern California movie theater during a screening of “The
Forever Purge,” police said Saturday.
Barajas, 19, had been on life support since Monday when he and 18-year-old Rylee
Goodrich was shot while watching a screening of “The Forever Purge” in Corona,
California. It was the couple’s first date.
Goodrich died instantly from the gunshot wound to her head. Barajas, a TikTok
personality with more than 1 million followers, was shot in the eye.
Early Saturday, his friend Malik Earnest, a San Diego reporter who had been sharing
updates for several days, tweeted, “I want to thank everyone who lifted Anthony
in prayer. The injuries to his brain were irreparable. July 30th at 11 p.m.,
Anthony was wheeled down an ‘honor walk’ where he would ultimately donate his
organs so others may live. Please continue to pray for his family and friends.”
Joseph Jimenez, 20, was arrested in connection with the shooting. He was booked
earlier this week on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and robbery but
prosecutors on Friday filed a special circumstance murder charge.
Hestrin said the special circumstance charge makes Jimenez eligible for the death
penalty if prosecutors choose to seek that punishment at trial.
Corona police said Saturday it is working with the Hestrin’s office to add
an additional count of first-degree murder.
A judge on Friday ordered Jimenez to be held without bail. His arraignment was
delayed until Thursday at the request of the defense. Prosecutors said the shooting
appears to be “random and unprovoked.”
Barajas was known online as “itsanthonymichael” and has nearly a million followers
on TikTok and more than 50,000 on Instagram.