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Families of Walmart Chesapeake mass shooting victims gifted $15K

On Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the Chesapeake, Virginia, mass shooting, the families of six Walmart employees shot and killed by a store manager last year received a $2,500 check from a nonprofit organization.

Andre Bing opened fire on Nov. 22, 2022, in a Walmart break room where employees were meeting before work, then turned the gun on himself.

Among the victims was Brian Pendleton, 38, of Chesapeake. Kelly Pyle, 52, of Chesapeake. Lorenzo Gamble, 43, of Chesapeake. They are 70-year-old Randy Belvins of Chesapeake and 22-year-old Tineka Johnson of Portsmouth.

The sixth and youngest victim was 16-year-old Fernando Chavez Barron.

According to local media, Virginia-based health care company Sentara Health cut a check for $15,000 at a memorial event. 13 News Now.

The $2,500 gift was more than the cash the family received from the multibillion-dollar discount chain.

On Wednesday, marking the one-year anniversary of the Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart shooting, the families of six victims received a combined $15,000 from Sentara Health, a nonprofit health care company.
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Victims of the Chesapeake Walmart shooting: (clockwise from top left) Tineka Johnson, 20, Brian Pendleton, 38, Randy Verbins, 70, and Fernando Chavez-Barron. (16 years old), Lorenzo Gamble (43 years old), and Kelly Pyle (52 years old).
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According to 13 News, no Walmart executives attended the event.

“We assisted these families with funeral, travel and other expenses,” a Walmart spokesperson told the Post on Wednesday.

“Additionally, all Walmart employees and their families have free access to confidential grief and wellness support resources, including phone, chat-based, or video support.”

Sentara Health officials did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

During the luncheon, event organizer Mary Bibbs called for further measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“How do we come together to address violence, mental health, and opioid abuse? How do we move the needle in the right direction?” Bibbs asked.

“We know what happened last year, that mass shooting, can happen anytime, anywhere,” she said at an event titled “Our Path Forward.”

Law enforcement has not determined a clear motive or confirmed whether Bing had mental health issues.

But when police searched Bing’s body, they found a list containing the names of colleagues he wanted to target.

The gunman, Andre Bing, 31, opened fire as employees gathered for a pre-work meeting in the Walmart break room on Sam’s Circle on Nov. 22, 2022, before turning the gun on himself. Toward.
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When police arrived on the scene, they found three of the victims dead, and the remaining three succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital.
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The Sam’s Circle Walmart store will close at 5 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. Wednesday in honor of the shooting.
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At least 50 people were inside the store at the time of the incident, many of them shopping for groceries just before Thanksgiving.

Walmart’s Sam Circle store has since memorialized the six victims with an outdoor space that “honors the victims and provides a place of respite,” with greenery and six seating structures, each dedicated to a victim. The company said a plaque with the names of the workers has been installed. According to 13 News, he died.

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