Fans mourn Anthony Barajas across social media platforms after the TikTok star succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. The popular TikToker, who had over a million followers on the platform, died after a movie theater shooting on July 26. Barajas and his friend Rylee Goodrich were going on their first date when the fatal incident occurred.
“Rest in Peace Anthony & Rylee,” Josh Helfgott wrote on Anthony Barajas’ last TikTok. There are over 18,500 comments on the video which Barajas filmed just four days before he passed. Many of his followers wrote in support of his family and others expressed their devastation at the news.
“RIP dude. It wasn’t your time,” wrote Isabella Avila, a fellow TikToker. Many other popular TikTokers wrote in the comments section.
“Rest in peace,” Marianne said. “Praying for your family.
Anthony Barajas’ last TikTok documented a family meal. The camera pans to different members of the Barajas clan as they each blame a different family member for “ruining” the Hawaiian family vacation. The fun-spirited TikTok has over 72,000 likes and 2 million views.
Anthony Barajas was known for his hilarious TikToks. He often participated in the latest trends, recording skits or lip-sync videos with his friends and family. His one million followers were close with the social media star. Barajas would post videos musing on relationships, heartaches, and other facets of his life. Many of his fans felt like they were truly connected with him before he passed away in a tragic shooting.
The Corona shooting occurred in a movie theater in Southern California. Anthony Barajas and Rylee Goodrich were on their first date, according to Goodrich’s father. They were both shot execution-style while watching The Forever Purge. Rylee Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene and Barajas was rushed to the hospital where he was put on life support. He was pronounced dead on Saturday.
While the TikTok star was still on life support, the comments on his last video were focused on his ongoing health. Fans told him to “keep fighting” and sent prayers to him and his family for his swift recovery. When news broke that Anthony Barajas died, the comments transformed from hope to devastation.
“Heaven gained another angel today, you impacted everyone so much,” one fan commented. “You will be missed.”
One of Barajas’ friends Malik Earnest works as an aerial reporter in San Diego. Earnest wrote on Twitter last week that “My friend, Anthony Barajas, 19, is on life support after he and a friend were shot in a movie theater… Rylee Goodrich, 18, died on the scene. You never really expect a loved one could fall victim to gun violence, despite its ongoing prevalence in our nation.”
Earnest wrote several connected posts before, with the last one on July 30. The posts described Earnest’s efforts to curb gun violence in the United States and how tragic it is to lose a friend to a shooting.
In his last post, Malik Earnest said that “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.”
The shooting at Regal Edwards Corona Crossings theater was discovered after the film ended. Due to the nature of the film, audience members were not aware that anyone had been shot. Theater employees discovered the two bodies while cleaning the auditorium and swiftly called 911.
Police arrested 20-year-old Joseph Jimenez on suspicion of murder and robbery on July 27. Investigators found a gun matching the caliber of the bullets found in the movie theater. Jimenez was charged Friday with one count of murder and another count of attempted murder. It’s likely that Anthony Barajas’ death will change the status of the charges.
Jeremy Jimenez is being held at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, Calif. He is being held without bail pending his trial. According to reports, if Jimenez is convicted of the crime, he is eligible for the death penalty based on the sentencing enhancements from the Riverside County district attorney’s office.