Many Texas citizens are still coming to terms with the events of the nation’s latest mass shooting.
Various communities are enacting their own ways of mourning and celebrating the lives of those killed at Allen Premium Outlets.
Nearly a week ago, a heavily armed gunman entered the Allen Premium Outlets and opened fire on multiple civilians. Law enforcement was able to dispatch the shooter within two minutes of his rampage, but the shooter still killed eight people — including three children — while injuring seven others.
The names of each of the victims can be found on crosses at a memorial at the mall in honor of those who were killed. Christian LaCour is one of these names.
LaCour was a security guard at the mall who was fatally shot and died while attempting to guide other civilians to safety. LaCour was a resident of Farmersville.
Members of his hometown community have since found ways to honor him, his life, and his selfless acts during the May 6 shooting.
“Christian was just a good, solid young man,” said Farmersville Mayor Bryon Wiebold, according to CBS News. “He was a learner, very inquisitive, asked very good, penetrating questions. He was a seeker of knowledge and understanding. He was [a] really good young man. It’s a tragic loss to lose him at the age of 20.”
The City of Farmersville announced that the lights on Farmersville Parkway would be changed to red and that black and red ribbons would adorn the downtown area. Red and black were LaCour’s favorite colors.
Chris LaCour, Christian’s father, has organized a GoFundMe to offset financial burdens in the wake of his son’s death.
Jillian Clarke, a security guard from the same company as LaCour, commented on the fundraising site to offer condolences.
“We may have never met, but we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day,” said Clarke.