The Dallas Express traveled to the Allen Premium Outlet Mall on Monday, May 8, and covered the heartfelt outpouring of support honoring the victims of last weekend’s tragic shooting.
As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Allen residents gathered that day to grieve and pay their respects at the scene of the grisly incident, leaving notes, flowers, crosses, and other mementos to honor the victims.
Concerned parent and longtime Allen resident Pat Mulady spoke to The Dallas Express at the gathering. He said that his children watched the terrifying video of the shooting on social media, noting that his son’s best friend witnessed the carnage in person while working at the shopping center.
Mulady explained to The Dallas Express that after a tragedy such as what occurred at the outlet mall last week, there must be a willingness to communicate for a community to heal or begin that healing process.
“I think a lot of it is just talking to people, asking how you can pray for them,” said Mulady. “It’s community outreach.”
“Go out and just engage with people and just ask how they are, even though you don’t know them. You’ll find people will want to talk,” said Mulady.
Mulady believes being present in a family is essential and plays a huge role in developing a community.
“It starts with our family, I’ve got my son, and I got a daughter, and trying to talk to them about how to navigate the world of social media,” Mulady added.
As the City of Allen continues to grieve and honor those killed, media reports published the names and ages of those killed that day, which included three children and five adults. Several others were wounded in the attack, with some still hospitalized in critical condition.
Resources and support are set up for those affected by the shooting. More information on those resources can be found here.