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These are the victims of the Maryland Rite Aid warehouse shooting

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler announces the victim's names in the Rite-Aid warehouse shooting during a press briefing at the Harford County Sheriff Office's Southern Precinct in Edgewood on Friday, Sept. 21.

Officials released the names of the people who were killed and injured in a shooting at a Rite Aid warehouse in Maryland.

Law enforcement officials said that a temporary employee opened fire on her co-workers, killing three people and injuring three others, before fatally shooting herself.

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Here are the people who were killed in the shooting:

Brindra Giri, a 41-year-old mother of two who had moved to Baltimore County from Nepal, was killed in the shooting at a Rite Aid in Aberdeen.
Brindra Giri, a 41-year-old mother of two who had moved to Baltimore County from Nepal, was killed in the shooting at a Rite Aid in Aberdeen. (Courtesy of the Giri family)

A family friend said Giri had just moved to Towson from her native Nepal four months ago. She brought her 16-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son with her, moving in with her husband, mother and two brothers.

Family friend Harry Bhandari described Giri as a friendly and positive presence, a woman who “never complained,” worked hard, and came to this country in part because she wanted to provide for her children the advantages she lacked while growing up in Nepal.

Sunday Aguda, a newlywed who died just days before his 45th birthday, is one of the victims of the shooting at a Rite Aid warehouse in Maryland.
Sunday Aguda, a newlywed who died just days before his 45th birthday, is one of the victims of the shooting at a Rite Aid warehouse in Maryland. (Family photo / Handout)

» Sunday Aguda, a 45-year-old man from Dundalk.

Aguda was outside on break when the shooter approached. The native Nigerian became the day's first victim.

Per Nigerian culture, he earned his first name from the day of the week on which he was born. He married in February and lived in a townhouse in Dundalk.

His mother-in-law, Darcel Hayes-Bridges, said she rushed to Dundalk from her home in Lehigh Valley, Pa., after the shooting. She stood outside the townhouse Friday afternoon, saying her daughter was devastated. The couple had only been married seven months.

“I want the world to know Sunday was special person,” his wife, Aleina Scott, wrote in an email Saturday. “He was a great husband and father who will be greatly missed. When we lost him, he was doing what he always did, working hard to take care of his family.”

Hayes-Bridges remembered meeting her future son-in-law for the first time, noting his cheerfulness and deep faith. Aguda was know to quote Scripture.

"I said, 'I approve,'" she recalled telling her daughter.

He had only been on the job three weeks, she said. “He was very well-loved,” his mother-in-law said.

Although police said he was 45, Hayes-Bridges said this Sunday would have been his 45th birthday.

Maryland Rite Aid shooting victim Hayleen Reyes, 21, of Baltimore.
Maryland Rite Aid shooting victim Hayleen Reyes, 21, of Baltimore. (HANDOUT)
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Reyes moved to Baltimore from the Dominican Republic five months ago in search of a better life.

Family members described Reyes as a bright, outgoing person who loved to make others laugh. She sang daily and dreamed of becoming a professional singer, they said.

She lived with her father and 1-year-old daughter, Brithany.

Here are the people who were injured in the shooting, but survived:

» Hassan Mitchell, a 19-year-old man from Aberdeen

» Wilfredo Villegas, a 45-year-old man from Gaithersburg

Purna Acharya with his wife, Neeru Kayastha, and daughter, Katerina Acharya. Purna Acharya was shot in the stomach at the Rite Aid warehouse in Aberdeen. He is recovering in the hospital.
Purna Acharya with his wife, Neeru Kayastha, and daughter, Katerina Acharya. Purna Acharya was shot in the stomach at the Rite Aid warehouse in Aberdeen. He is recovering in the hospital. (Baltimore Sun)

» Purna Acharya, a 46-year-old man from Ridgewood, N.Y.

Acharya was shot in the stomach at the warehouse, where he started as a packer three weeks earlier. Like his friend Giri, he recently moved to the U.S. from Nepal. He and his wife, Neeru Kayastha, have been saving up to start their own sports schools inside the United States (he is a Taekwondo athlete, she plays soft tennis)

Acharya, who is still recovering in the hospital, and his wife, Neeru Kayastha, said they were unfamiliar with this kind of gun violence.

Kayastha said their daughter “doesn’t feel good at all, doesn’t want to stay” in the U.S.

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