PICTURED: Two elementary school-aged sisters killed by neo-Nazi in Texas outlet mall shooting
- Mauricio Garcia, 33, killed eight people and injured seven more on Saturday when he opened fire with an AR-15 style assault rifle
- Garcia was a white supremacist and social media posts thought to be his shared racist and misogynist content
- His youngest victim was only three years old: on Monday, photos of sisters Daniela Mendoza, 10, and eight-year-old Sofia Mendoza were revealed
Two Texan sisters shot and killed in Saturday’s mass shooting at an Allen mall have been pictured, as a disturbing picture emerges of the swastika-tattooed gunman sharing white supremacist and neo-Nazi posts online.
Mauricio Garcia, 33, shot and killed eight people, and injured seven more, before he was killed by police.
On Monday photos of two sisters he murdered were published – Daniela Mendoza, 10, and her eight-year-old sister Sofia.
Their mother, Ilda Mendoza, remains in critical condition.
Daniela Mendoza, 10, and her eight-year-old sister Sofia (right) were among eight people shot and killed at the Allen outlet mall in Texas on Saturday
The girls were killed and their mother, Ilda, seriously injured. They are pictured with their father, Alex Mendoza
Both sisters took cheerleading classes at Wylie Elite gym in Wylie, 13 miles from the mall.
‘Two of the victims who were sisters, and who lost their lives this past weekend, not only took classes at Wylie Elite, but are nieces to one of our team families,’ the gym posted on Facebook.
‘Our hearts are broken for these families. They have shared that one of their favorite colors was yellow.
‘To honor these young ladies, we want everyone to wear yellow this week. Also please be praying for all of the families affected.’
The girls attended Cheri Cox Elementary School – Daniela in the fourth grade, and her sister in second grade.
The principal, Krista Wilson, described them as ‘rays of sunshine.’
The district sent a letter to parents and students detailing the ‘heartbreaking situation’ impacting one of its elementary campuses.
Mauricio Garcia, 33, shot and killed eight people on Saturday at a Texas mall
Garcia had a swastika and SS lightning bolts tattooed onto his body
Medical City Healthcare said it continues to treat six patients at three hospitals from the shooting.
Three are in critical condition, two patients are in fair condition and one patient is in good condition.
The girls were not the youngest victim.
Three-year-old James Cho, his mother Cindy and father Kyu were also killed.
James’ six-year-old brother, William, survived the shooting, according to officials.
William had celebrated his sixth birthday just four days before the tragedy and was also rushed to hospital with severe injuries.
Family members have now confirmed that the schoolboy has been moved from ICU, and it is thought that he is one of the youngest injured in the attack.
A GoFundMe for the Korean family has raised nearly $200,000 of their $50,000 goal, and described their ‘deep mourning.’
Cindy, 35, Kyu, 37, and James Cho, 3, (pictured) were all shot dead following the rampage in Allen, Texas, on Saturday. Their eldest son, William (bottom left) survived the incident
William (left) had celebrated his sixth birthday just four days before the tragedy and was also rushed to hospital with severe injuries
They said: ‘An afternoon that should have been filled with light, love and celebration unfortunately was cut short by another mass shooting massacre that left eight victims dead.
‘After being released from the ICU, their six-year-old son William is the only surviving member of this horrific event.’
Dental colleagues of Cindy paid tribute to her as ‘one of the kindest, happiest, most genuine people.’
The Korean Consulate in Dallas confirmed to DailyMail.com that the family had been killed in the shooting, adding that they were trying to contact relatives not in the area.
Family members told the South Korean consulate in Dallas that the victims are U.S. citizens, according to Myoung Joon Kim, head of the Consulate in Dallas.
He said: ‘The Korean consulate joins the people of the Dallas-Fort Worth area to express our deepest condolences for the victims and their family members.
‘We pray for the victims and their family members for their healing and recovery.’
The Korean Consulate in Dallas confirmed to DailyMail.com that the family had passed away in the shooting, adding that they were trying to contact relatives not in the area. Pictured: The couple with their eldest as a baby
Shoppers leave as law enforcement officers respond to the mass shooting in the Dallas area’s Allen Premium Outlets on Saturday
Christian LaCour, 20, (pictured) who worked as a security guard at the mall, was the first victim of the mass shooting to be identified yesterday
Engineer Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27, and Christian LaCour, 20, who worked as a security guard at the mall, were also killed in the massacre.
Thatikonda, originally from Hyderabad, India, had been shopping for her upcoming birthday when she was one of the nine shot dead – including the shooter.
She moved to Dallas two years ago to work as a Project Engineer at Perfect General Contractors, was shopping with her friend at the Allen Premium Outlets on Saturday morning.
‘She was very friendly and very loving,’ a family representative told WFAA, adding that Thatikonda’s friend was injured in the shooting and is currently stable in the hospital.
On Monday the final victim’s name was confirmed as Elio Cumana-Rivas, 32, from Dallas.
LaCour was the first victim of the mass shooting to be identified, with his grandmother Sandra Montgomery describing him as a ‘beautiful soul’.
‘My beautiful grandson, Christian LaCour, was the security guard killed in the shooting at Allen, Texas. He was such a beautiful soul,’ she wrote.
The gunman, Mauricio Garcia, was dressed in SWAT gear with a semi-automatic rile at his side. He is seen laying dead outside another Allen store, a dozen feet from the H&M shop
Aishwarya Thatikonda (pictured), who is originally from Hyderabad, India, was identified as one of the nine killed in the massacre – including the shooter – by a family representative today
Officers with the Allen Police Department man the mobile command post the day after the gunman shot multiple people
MacKenzie Bates embraces her mother Rochelle where flowers were left at the scene of the shooting
In another tribute post shared Sunday, one person who is friends with LaCour’s family said he was a ‘very sweet gentleman.’
Kellie Smith said she considered herself lucky to have ‘watched this sweet young boy turn into a very sweet gentleman,’ the woman wrote on Facebook.
‘Their will forever be a void. Please uplift his family in prayer as they navigate this unimaginable time of their lives.
‘Christian you will always remain close to us because we will keep you in our hearts until we see you in Heaven,’ Smith wrote.
A bouquet of flowers is left in front of the Allen Premium Outlet Mall entrance in remembrance of those killed during the mass shooting that happened the day before in Allen, Texas
Multiple victims have been reported after an active shooter opened fired at an outdoor outlet mall – with one of the gunmen now reportedly dead and another still at-large
Garcia was shot and killed by a police officer after the shooting on Saturday afternoon and officials are investigating whether he had an interest in white supremacist or neo-Nazi ideologies.
A law enforcement official said federal agents had been reviewing social media accounts and believed Garcia had expressed an interest in neo-Nazi views.
He had tattoos of a swastika and a SS lightning bolt, plus a patch on his chest reading RWDS – an acronym for Right Wing Death Squad, which is popular among extremists and white supremacy groups.
Investigators have searched a home connected to the suspect – believed to be where his parents live – and a Dallas motel near an interstate where Garcia had been staying.
The motel room contained multiple weapons, including an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun.
Dashcam footage showed the moment a gunman opened fire and killed multiple civilians – as cops are reportedly on the hunt for a second gunman believed to have aided in the assault
The front entrance of a home connected to suspected mall gunman, Mauricio Garcia
Footage showed the moment those first shots rang out, in which the gunman is seen pulling up to the store.
Dashcam video showed the gunman getting out of a car and shooting at people on the sidewalk on Saturday afternoon. More than three dozen shots could be heard as the vehicle that was recording the video drove off.
Garcia was using an AR-15-style gun during the mass shooting, and was dressed in full tactical SWAT gear.
Investigators confirmed they believe shooter Garcia was working alone, but they have not yet released any motive for the killings.
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