Police found the bodies of Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, inside the Zumiez store in the mall on Saturday. Nearby, the body of the man identified as the gunman, Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, was also found.
At the vigil on Thursday, the following speakers shared their memories and messages related to the victims:
- Ashley Venable, senior general manager of the mall. "Their loss is the community's loss," Venable said of the victims. "Now we are here to help repair...the hearts of the community."
- Rev. Robert Turner of St. John Baptist Church. "Help us as we try to deal with what happened ... as we face our mortality," Turner said.
- Patric Centorbi, friend of Benlolo, said she was sweet and "amazing" as a friend and mother, bringing happiness to others.
- Joan Webb Sconaienchi, executive director of Harford County Drug Free. "I ask you to live your life with love and hope and to be there each other. That's what Tyler would have done," Sconaienchi said. "Please hug each other with a 'Tyler hug' this week." She said he hugged people in a way that the recipient knew he meant it.
- Rev. Father Ferdinand Ezenwachi, St. John Roman Catholic Church. "In the wake of our devastation ... we humbly lift our voices in prayer for the healing of mind, the healing of body, the healing of souls," Ezenwachi said. He specifically prayed for those who were psychologically disturbed to receive healing.
- Rabbi Susan Grossman, Beth Shalom. "Dear God, confronted with so much violence in our world, with the senseless loss of precious life, we have no answers," Grossman said. "And so we turn to you."