Beloved Grandparents and Father of 2 Identified as Victims in Random Walmart Shooting
Deepening an already senseless tragedy, the names and photos of victims in Wednesday's Walmart shooting have emerged.
Carlos Moreno was a beloved grandfather who loved taking his big family on outdoor adventures. The 66-year-old was shopping in the Thornton Walmart Wednesday when he became separated from the rest of them.
His family tried calling Moreno when shots rang out after 6 p.m., but it was too late, according to the AP. Moreno died at the scene.
Also killed when cops say suspect Scott Ostrem walked into the store and simply started shooting innocent people at random was father-of-two Victor Vasquez.
The 26-year-old had "two beautiful little girls with another child on the way" according to a GoFundMe page set up to benefit his bereaved family.
"We are starting a go fund me [sic] to help out his fiancé, Alexis, his mom Jovita, and his children. It will be used to help fund his services and any immediate needs that the family may encounter," the page reads.
Pamela Marquez survived the initial moments after she, too, was shot while shopping for herself or, more likely, for the daughter and granddaughters who family members say she lived for.
"They were her life," her niece, Anntionette Marques, told the AP. "She's generous, caring... and her smile is contagious."
The grandmother, 52, was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police say Moreno and Vasquez both died at the scene.
Cops say Ostrem did not shoot anyone else before he turned back and "nonchalantly" left the store, kicking off an overnight manhunt that ended when the 47-year-old was arrested early Thursday.
Ostrem remains held in the Adams County jail. He was due to appear in court Friday morning.