Three children among eight killed in Texas mall shooting – as one boy left orphaned

Three children are among the eight people killed in Saturday’s shooting at a Texas shopping center – with one child orphaned after his parents and brother died.

Mauricio Garcia opened fire at Allen Premium Outlets, 25 miles (40 km) north of downtown Dallas, sending shoppers running for their lives.

Kyu Song Cho, 37, and Cindy Cho, 35, died in the carnage, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A GoFundMe page and local media said their three-year-old son, James, was also killed and that their other child, six-year-old William, survived and is now an orphan.

Sky’s US partner NBC News said two young sisters also died and that their mother was in a critical condition.

Daniela Mendoza, 11, and eight-year-old Sofia Mendoza were named in a letter from their school in Sachse, Texas, which called the girls “rays of sunshine”.

Security guard Christian LaCour, 23, and Aishwarya Thatikonda, a 26-year-old engineer from India, also died, said the public safety department.

Mr LaCour’s grandmother described him as “such a beautiful soul”, according to a post on Facebook.

“He was such a beautiful soul, 20 years old with goals for his future. I was so proud of him and so glad I got to see him two weeks ago,” said Sandra Montgomery.

Officials said the eighth person killed was Elio Cumana-Rivas, 32, from Dallas.

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