Sunday Aguda lived his life with three priorities: family, health and legacy.
During long talks with his friend Lawrence Odeyemi in his brother’s auto repair shop in Overlea, the Nigerian immigrant would dwell on his four children back home, whom he called daily. He implored Odeyemi always to take care of his health. And he measured his legacy, his friend said, by how many lives he touched.
“Try as much as possible to touch somebody’s life,” he would tell Odeyemi, “if only to say, ‘How are you?’”
Aguda was killed Thursday morning by a coworker while taking a break during his third week at his new job at a Rite Aid warehouse in Harford County. The shooter killed two others and injured three more before turning the gun on herself.
Harford County has been rocked by a shooting that has shattered its sense of itself. But after three such incidents in less than three years, longtime residents wonder: has the once rural county dotted with small, tight-knit communities changed beneath their feet?
“I want the world to know Sunday was special person,” his wife, Aleina Scott, wrote in an email. “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.”
He became the first person killed, his family said, when the shooter stormed the warehouse near Aberdeen.
The Harford County sheriff’s office identified the shooter as Snochia Moseley, a 26-year-old from Baltimore County and temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center.
“She was suffering from a mental illness and over the last two weeks had become increasingly agitated,” the sheriff’s office said.
Moseley’s handgun was purchased legally, officials said.
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. Here's what we know about the victims.
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“They can’t even comprehend it,” Oluwasefumi said. “This guy didn’t do nothing other than work, go back to his wife, take care of his home — and that’s it.”
Aguda’s wife is devastated, he said, and his brother Clement Aguda has hardly eaten.
“I can’t believe that lady took him away from us,” Oluwasefumi said. “He was positive with everything in his life.”
Friends had been planning to celebrate Aguda’s birthday at his house with food, juice, soda and cake. Instead, they’ll bring candles and memories for a painful goodbye.
Aguda was the type who often would bring the party — a pizza, or chicken and fries — to a friend in need, Oluwasefumi said. It was no use trying to tell him that all you had a 12-pack of water bottles in the kitchen.
“Put it in the fridge,” he’d say. “We’re on our way.”
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.
His mother-in-law, Darcel Hayes-Bridges, said she rushed down from her home in Lehigh Valley, Pa., when she heard of the shooting. Her daughter was devastated, she said outside the couple’s home Friday afternoon.
“He was very well-loved,” Hayes-Bridges said.
She recalled meeting her daughter’s suitor for the first time, noting his cheerfulness and deep faith. Aguda would quote scripture, particularly the Book of Proverbs.