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Teen couple shot at late night screening of The Forever Purge were on their first date 

Two teenagers shot execution style in a Corona, California movie theater on Monday night were on their first date.

Rylee Goodrich, 18, was killed instantly by a bullet to the back of the head, her father told DailyMail.com.

He said her new boyfriend, 19-year-old TikTok influencer Anthony Barajas, tried to turn after hearing the first shot and the second bullet went through his eye, leaving him in a critical condition, possibly brain dead.

Goodrich’s father, David, said police recovered his daughter’s wallet and other possessions from the nearby home of Joseph Jimenez, 20, who they arrested less than 24 hours after the shooting on charges of murder, attempted murder, and robbery.

David Goodrich (left), who works as a private investigator, told DailyMail.com his daughter Rylee met Anthony at a party on the July fourth weekend, and that she was excited to begin a relationship with him

Goodrich is being remembered by friends as a kind and gentle spirit

Anthony Barajas, 19, sustained life-threatening injuries and is currently on life support

Goodrich and Barajas were watching ‘The Forever Purge’ on Monday when in a nearly empty theater when they were shot. It was their first real date

A source close to the Corona Police Department said Jimenez told detectives he had been hearing voices.

But David said he believes the 20-year-old is merely trying to cut himself an insanity plea deal, and that the stolen wallet shows the young man knew what he was doing when he allegedly shot the two teenagers.

The bereaved father, who works as a private investigator, told DailyMail.com that Rylee met Anthony at a party on the July fourth weekend, and that she was excited to begin a relationship with him.

‘She met this guy over summer, I think at a party on the third or fourth of July. My first inkling, he was this TikTok influencer, and I rolled my eyes like ‘are you kidding me? Really, that’s your future?’ But her mom was very much give the guy a chance,’ David said.

Joseph Jimenez, 20, was arrested on July 27 and charged with murder, attempted murder, and robbery in a shooting that left a teen dead and a TikTok star on life support 

‘I met him once before he went to Hawaii a few weeks ago. And then he came back from Hawaii and she was so excited. This sweet, sweet boy came with a bag full of souvenirs for all of us. It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen an 18-year-old do.

‘He gave my youngest daughter a necklace and me and my wife little keychains. My daughter told me ‘He surfs and bodyboards like you’. She sat there with this huge grin on her face, seeing that I was accepting of this boy, she was so happy.

‘I could tell she really, really liked this boy. And he really, really liked her. She was so f***ing happy.

‘They were so excited for their first date. She curled her hair all pretty. It was their first date that wasn’t a group of people.

‘They went to Wood Ranch, which was her favorite restaurant, and then they went to the movie.’

David revealed that Rylee was texting her mother just moments before the fatal shooting.

‘She texted my wife how boring and stupid it was, how she didn’t like the movie. That was the last we heard from her,’ he said.

‘It had to be right then.’

The 43-year-old said police told him they believe it was a random attack, and that Jimenez intended to steal from the young couple.

‘They found my daughter’s wallet at his house, which means it was a robbery homicide. From what I understand it was a random thing,’ he said.

‘She never even had a chance. He basically shot her point blank behind her head. Then he shot her new boyfriend behind his head. He was able to flinch so it went through his eye, so he was able to survive.

‘I don’t know if they’ve taken him off life support but I think he’s brain dead.’

The movie, The Forever Purge, tells the story of Mexican migrants targeted by vigilantes during an annual US government ‘purge’, during which all crime is legal for 12 hours.

‘I’m thinking with all the sickness in this world, that was his MO, I’m going to go do this and this is going to be my purge night,’ David said.

Goodrich was shot in the back of the head at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings

Goodrich was shot in the back of the head at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings 

Barajas' GoFundMe page is filled with well-wishes and sweet memories of the friendly teen

Barajas’ GoFundMe page is filled with well-wishes and sweet memories of the friendly teen

He described his daughter as ‘passionate and hardworking’, attractive, sporty and popular but not conceited.

‘She was a sweet girl, very connected. I had her very young with my wife, so we kind of grew up together,’ he said.

‘It’s hard to talk about without crying. She was a beautiful blonde 18-year-old girl. She was home from college. Me and her, we were going to move her back for her sophomore year to Grand Canyon University.

‘She was majoring in marketing, she was on the dean’s list, she was on the honor roll at high school. She got a full ride academic scholarship to the private university in Arizona. She lettered in volleyball, in cheerleading. She did it all, she was a huge part of Corona High School.

‘I’m a PI and I had her doing some part time work for me over the summer. It struck up her interest and she was considering taking criminal justice as a minor, something to fall back on.’

Rylee’s little sister Keira, 10, was very close to her, following her into volleyball and even sleeping with Rylee in her room when she was home from college.

‘Keira looks up to her so much it’s unreal,’ David said. ‘She’s already playing volleyball. They were really close, best friends. Like sisters are, they’d give each other s*** but her love for her was really strong. When she was home from college Keira would sleep in her room a lot.

‘She was the whole package. My pride and joy. She was already talking about me having grandkids and what I would be called.’

The TikTok star's most recent videos followed him enjoying a family vacation in Hawaii

The TikTok star’s most recent videos followed him enjoying a family vacation in Hawaii

The father said Rylee’s new boyfriend told him that although he had made money as a TikTok influencer with almost a million followers, his online persona was different to reality.

‘I’m a big, strong guy with a bunch of tattoos, I’m very protective of her. I let her do her life, but she knows I’m really protective and I wanted her to meet a guy who’s going to be compassionate and sensitive, and he seemed like that guy,’ David said.

‘He told me about his online personality, his TikTok thing. He goes, “I’ve monetized it, made a bit of money here and there but that’s not my reality. I know it is what it is.” So he had his head screwed on straight.’

The private investigator said his daughter’s murder could have been prevented if movie theaters had installed metal detectors.

‘I’m not going to sit here and have a spitting contest about the second amendment. But an easy thing is to put in some metal detectors before you go in a movie theater,’ he said.

‘I was at a baseball game that night. They had to screen 40,000 people at a baseball game they have the wherewithal and finances to do that and you’re telling me they don’t in a movie theater? It’s easy. My daughter would be alive.’

Jimenez was arrested around 8.30pm on Tuesday night at a residence in the 19000 block of Envoy in El Cerrito.

He was booked at Riverside Presley Detention Center and is being held on a $2,000,000 bail, according to police reports.

The suspected gunman is set to appear at the Riverside Hall of Justice on July 30

Cops are keeping an open mind as to whether the shooting may have been connected to the violent plot of The Forever Purge, which the teens were watching when they were shot

Cops are keeping an open mind as to whether the shooting may have been connected to the violent plot of The Forever Purge, which the teens were watching when they were shot 

Goodrich, 18, was killed and a Barajas 19, was injured in a shooting at a movie theater (pictured) at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings in Corona, California, on Monday afternoon during a showing of the horror film The Forever Purge

Goodrich, 18, was killed and a Barajas 19, was injured in a shooting at a movie theater (pictured) at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings in Corona, California, on Monday afternoon during a showing of the horror film The Forever Purge

It follows a migrant couple in a dystopian version of the United States in the year 2048 in which the government allows all crime for a 12-hour period - including murder

It follows a migrant couple in a dystopian version of the United States in the year 2048 in which the government allows all crime for a 12-hour period – including murder

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Corona Police Department for more information and additional comment.

Corona Police Department say that no murder weapon was found at the scene of the crime but a handgun matching the caliber of the casing found at the theater was recovered from the residence where Jimenez was arrested.

Just six tickets had been sold for the screening, with the youngsters’ bodies only discovered at 9:35pm after the film had ended, by staff who were conducting a ‘walk through’ to clean the theater.   

The Goodrich family set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral and memorial expenses, which has now raised over $53,000. [LINK https://www.gofundme.com/f/ryleegoodrichfinancialexpences]

Anthony’s family also set up an online fundraiser (GoFundMe) to help pay for his medical bills, which has raised over $56,000.    


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