Here’s what we know so far about the 6 people killed in the Chesapeake Walmart shooting – Daily Press

Family and friends took to social media this week to remember loved ones who were killed in a shooting Tuesday night at a Chesapeake Walmart.

A daughter, a mother, a father, a son. Families faced a bleak Thanksgiving after a gunman shot and killed six Hampton Roads residents, including a teenager, 16-year-old Fernando Jesús Chávez.

Here are some of the ways their families remembered them:

Tyneka Johnson was a native of Portsmouth. Her mother, Thomasine, said she was a Walmart employee and graduated from Indian River High School in 2020.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, of Portsmouth.

Tyneka’s Facebook profile also shows that he worked at Food Lion and Coppermine Bakery.

“If I had known death was coming for you, I would have given my life for yours,” Thomasine said in a Facebook post about Tyneka. “So innocent, so sweet.”

Casheba Cannon told The Washington Post that she tutored Johnson for a couple of years while Johnson was in high school. Cannon said that Johnson was a fashionista with an affinity for music and dance, and that she often helped out the younger students.

“Tyneka was a light in a dark room,” he told The Post.


Kellie Pyle was a Norfolk native and a 1988 graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School.

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He spent time away from the Hampton Roads area, living in Indiana and Kentucky, before returning to Chesapeake and working at Walmart.

Pyle is survived by two sons and a 2-year-old granddaughter. Billy Pillar-Gibson, Pyle’s cousin, told The Washington Post that he had reconnected with his girlfriend from his high school.

“We grew up in a crazy family and we understood each other,” he said. “I don’t remember life without her.”


Brian Pendleton also grew up in Hampton Roads.

Brian Pendleton

He graduated from Oscar Smith High School and was described by community members in the Wilmund Place neighborhood of Chesapeake as kind, caring and helpful.

Pendleton’s mother, Michelle Johnson, said he worked at Walmart for more than 10 years and was a hard worker who enjoyed his life as a Walmart employee.

“He loved his job,” his mother said. “I want everyone to know that she loved her job at Walmart. She loved the friends she had there.”


Randall Blevins was another Oscar Smith graduate. He was born in Glade Spring but moved to South Norfolk at a young age, his cousin Virgil Wimmer told The Virginian-Pilot on Thursday. Blevins lived with and cared for his mother, Nellie, who died a few years ago at the age of 90.

Randall Blevins

Wimmer said Blevins was a “very nice person” who spent more than 30 years working at Walmart. He had recently considered retiring, but instead decided to “move on.”

“He was a very gentle person,” Wimmer said. “He wouldn’t hurt anyone.”

Cindy Smith, who worked with Blevins for a couple of years, told The Post that she often took the heaviest items when unloading trucks and was always there when needed.

Other loved ones on Facebook described Blevins as kind, soft-spoken and friendly. Several also said they remembered him working at Ben Franklin’s shop in south Norfolk decades ago.

He had no children and his only hobbies were watching wrestling and hockey, according to The Post.


Lorenzo Gamble had worked at Walmart for 15 years, his mother, Linda Gamble, told The Post.

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He loved his two children and soccer, according to his parents. They described him as quiet and said he enjoyed working on his Ford Mustang.

“He just kept quiet and did his job,” Linda told The Post. “He was the quiet one in the family.”

Linda said that she had been planning the family’s Thanksgiving dinner with Lorenzo, who was in charge of the Banana Pudding Pie and the Banana Pudding.

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“I just wanted my kids to spend time with me,” Gamble said.


After a vigil held in memory of Fernando Jesús Chávez Thursday afternoon at Walmart, friends described him as humble and intelligent.

Joshua Trejo, 17, said he and Chavez were looking forward to working on a new job together in the new year.

“Fernando was such a nice kid that he would say hello to anyone,” Trejo said.


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