Corona shooting: Anthony Barajas, 1 of 2 teens slain in movie theater, honored at funeral service

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Corona theater shooting: Anthony Barajas honored at funeral service
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Shooting victim Anthony Barajas, 19, was remembered by family and friends at an emotional funeral service.

ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- Nineteen-year-old Anthony Barajas, who was shot and killed along with a friend last month at a Corona movie theater, was honored by family and friends Saturday at an emotional funeral service.

"What brings me sadness is we'll never get to see what comes next, and how Anthony's story plays out," the young man's father, Brian Barajas, said during a poignant eulogy at a church in Anaheim Hills.

Anthony Barajas and 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich were fatally shot July 26 while watching the horror film "The Forever Purge," authorities said.

Barajas, whose videos were popular on TikTok, was remembered Saturday as a generous teenager to loved to sing and perform.

His larger-than-life persona and smile made him a star on social media, but it was his love of helping others that his family says set him apart.

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"Please try not to be angry and let this change any of you," Brian Barajas told the mourners who filled the church's pews. "Continue to follow Anthony's examples and live life to the fullest by making others around you happy. This, by far, was my son's greatest accomplishment."

The suspect in the double homicide, 20-year-old Joseph Jimenez, allegedly confessed to shooting the two victims execution-style.

But at San Antonio de Padua Church, the focus was on Anthony Barajas and the legacy he left behind, donating his organs to save others.

During the funeral service, his sister, Julia Barajas, read an emotional letter from his mother: "I know that nothing will change the fact that you are no longer here with me physically.

"But as you said in your final post, I will try to follow your very wise words: 'Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings counting your troubles.'"

Choking back tears, Brian Barajas offered a farewell and an epitaph: "You will be greatly missed, Anthony. I love you, bud -- the best of sons, the best of men."