They were mothers and daughters, and a father and husband — people going about their everyday lives.
The five victims of Friday night’s shooting at Cascade Mall varied in age, but the tragedy has forever linked them together.
The Skagit County Coroner on Tuesday officially identified four of the victims: Sarai Lara, 16, of Mount Vernon; Belinda Galde, 64, of Arlington; Beatrice Dotson, 95, of Kingsport, Tennessee; and Shayla Martin, 52, of Mount Vernon. The King County Medical Examiner has identified the final victim as Chuck Eagan, 61, of Lake Stevens.
In the face of tragedy, Skagit County residents over the past few days have showed their determination to remain strong — and honor the memories of those who were lost.
Here’s what’s known about the victims:
Eagan’s friends and family said he had an affinity for the outdoors.
He enjoyed rebuilding vintage sports cars, including a mid-1960s Ford Mustang. And over the past few years, he had found a renewed faith in God.
Most of all, Eagan loved his wife and family, said daughter Jennifer DeLorenzo.
Eagan and his wife had been shopping Friday night at Macy’s when the shooting occurred. Family members said his wife tripped and hit her head as the two fled the gunfire, and Eagan turned back to protect her.
“I think everyone should know my dad was absolutely in love with his wife,” DeLorenzo said. “It shows in the fact he turned around and went back for her and gave his life to save her. I think my dad is a hero.”
DeLorenzo, who lives in Vancouver, Washington, described Eagan as a great father and her best friend. She fondly recalls her childhood, going hiking or on early-morning fishing trips.
“He usually let me sleep on the drive there,” she said.
She said he was a hard worker, but still made time for his daughters.
“He’d take my sister and I into a movie and he’d fall asleep in the theater,” DeLorenzo said. “He was tired but still wanted to be involved.”
Eagan was a manufacturing engineer for 40 years at Boeing in Everett, a job that often had him traveling, said former co-worker Keith Byrum.
Byrum said he worked on and off with Eagan for 27 years.
“He always had a smile on his face,” Byrum said. “All those years, I never saw him get angry or anything. He was a really loving and dedicated worker and a family man and dedicated to his wife.”
Byrum said Eagan had been looking forward to retirement.
Eagan’s aunt, Carol Thrush of Seattle, said Eagan had talked about buying an RV and traveling with his wife after retirement. Thrush said Eagan visited her each summer and was one of her favorite nephews.
“I loved him dearly,” she said. “He always helped me with whatever I needed.”
Eagan’s former son-in-law Ray DeLorenzo, the father of Eagan’s three grandchildren, said he kept in touch with Eagan and was shocked to hear he was a victim of the shooting he’d seen in the news.
“I’m flabbergasted,” Ray DeLorenzo said.
He said the last few times he spoke with Eagan they talked about religion.
“He just reminded us there’s a bigger power out there than yourself,” Eagan said. “You never know when your time is going to come and that was never more true than this weekend.”
Those who knew the Mount Vernon High School sophomore said Lara’s kindness was one of her most prolific traits.
“She was very kind and giving,” said Justin Smith, 16, who had classes with Lara. “Whenever I asked for help, she would give it to me.”
During her short life, she had an impact on others.
“She was a lovely young lady,” said Deenie Berry, principal of Conway School which Lara and her two older siblings attended, and which her younger sister attends. “Kind, responsible. She showed amazing perseverance.”
Lara would drop her little sister off at school, Berry said.
“She was a great sister,” Berry said. “She had great, close, friendships and was loyal with her friends and got along with her teachers.”
As a student, Lara was creative and hard-working, said Patricia Hayes, who was Lara’s art teacher from second through eighth grade.
“(She was) calm and organized,” Hayes said. “She always worked as hard as she could.”
Creativity was important to Lara, Hayes said, and even at a young age Hayes said she could see Lara possibly pursuing a career in fashion.
Lara’s smile will always stand out to her, Hayes said.
“A sweet face and a (sweet) smile,” Hayes said. “Like candy sweet.”
As a cancer survivor, Lara is remembered by her teachers as tenacious.
“She was just a lovely part of our community,” Berry said. “I saw her as a student who would make great decisions and have a great plan for after high school. A really positive part of the community.”
Those relationships continued when Lara moved on to Mount Vernon High School, Berry said.
“She was quiet, sweet and kind,” said Diego Dominguez, who also had a class with Lara.
Pink and purple were Lara’s favorite colors, and on Monday students at schools throughout the county wore clothing in those colors to show their support and love for Lara.
“We’re all so close,” Smith said of his classmates. “(This makes me) realize how much we should appreciated life and how fast it could go.”
Family and friends of Martin describe her as kind, caring and full of love.
“Unconditional love was all she ever showed me and those close to her ... She had such a big heart and always put others before herself,” Tanya Young, Martin’s 25-year-old daughter, said in an email.
Young said her mother touched many people during her life. She also played a special role in Young’s life.
“My mom was my best friend, she was my superhero, my support system,” she said. “I’ll remember her smile and her laugh and when she hugged you, you knew there was nothing but love there. She was an amazing mother.”
Young, who was adopted, remembers the first day she met Martin.
“Most people don’t get to choose their children. She chose me. Before I was adopted she came for a visit and I just went right up to her and said ‘mommy’ and that was it,” Young said.
Martin supported Young in every endeavor while she was growing up and made it possible for Young to go to college.
Young said her mom enjoyed reading, gardening and collecting rocks at the beach. But more than that she loved people and her job in the cosmetics department at the Macy’s store in Burlington, where she “made people feel beautiful inside and out” for 25 years.
“Many people in the community felt her warmth and kindness over the years. I just want her compassion, courage and character to be celebrated and enjoyed by all those that knew her,” Young said. “She touched all our lives and filled them with the light of love and strength.”
The Everett Herald reported Saturday that Martin’s sister, Karen Van Horn, remembered her as classy and sweet.
She was a hard worker who spent time employed at her family’s restaurants growing up, and loved gymnastics and dancing when she was young, Van Horn said.
Fellow Macy’s employee Blanca Mendoza, 23, told the Seattle Times that Martin was sweet, friendly and appreciative of others, always thanking Mendoza when she offered assistance in the cosmetics department.
Belinda Galde and Beatrice Dotson
Galde and Dotson, daughter and mother, were spending time together shopping at Macy’s on Friday night.
The Everett Herald reported they often went to the mall on Fridays after Dotson moved in with Galde and her husband Michael.
Galde had worked as a probation officer with the Snohomish County District Court since 1989.
Ken Kolrud, a probation officer for the Evergreen Division of Snohomish County District Court, said he had worked with Galde for 17 years.
“She was a professional and a hard worker,” Kolrud said. “She was a wonderful human and she will be missed.”
Lauren Bjurstrom, acting district court administrator for Snohomish County, described Galde as caring and adored by her co-workers and probationers.
“Belinda worked within the court to ensure public safety, and dedicated her life to assisting those who stumbled along the way in life,” Bjurstrom said in a statement released Saturday. “This is an unimaginable and tragic loss for our district court.”
Judge Anthony E. Howard of Snohomish County District Court wrote in a Facebook post that Galde was a compassionate and dedicated public servant.
“We are devastated beyond words that she and her mother were senselessly taken from us and her loving family,” he said in the post.
Galde’s family plans to release a statement in the next few days, said Galde’s sister-in-law, Krista Galde.