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Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

When he heard the news that there'd been a shooting at the Zumiez store at The Mall in Columbia, Abhishek Rishi posted a panicked message hoping for a phone call from his friend. His worst fears were soon confirmed. Brianna Benlolo was dead. "She was a very caring, heartwarming person," said Rishi, who knew Benlolo because both had worked at the mall. "She never said anything bad about anybody. She was just one of those people you wanted to be around. She was just genuinely happy." Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, who also worked at Zumiez, were shot to death while at work Saturday, police said. The gunman has not been identified. Rishi and other friends...