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Community Mourns Trader Joe's Shooting Victim, 'Mely'

Melyda "Mely" Maricela Corado was killed on Saturday in the standoff between police and Gene Atkins

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    Mourners Gather at Trader Joe's in Silver Lake

    People gathered on Sunday to mourn the victim in the Trader Joe's shooting and barricade in Silver Lake. Rick Montanez reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 22, 2018. (Published Sunday, July 22, 2018)

    One day after a hostage situation stunned the community, Silver Lake gathered to mourn Melyda "Mely" Maricela Corado, the manager of the area's Trader Joe's. Corado died in the standoff between police and 28-year-old Gene Atkins on Saturday.

    Customers, co-workers and strangers left flowers and handwritten notes on the sidewalk outside the store where Atkins barricaded himself after allegedly shooting his grandmother and leading police on a wild chase. Corado was shot dead in the exchange of gunfire between police and Atkins at the conclusion of the pursuit.

    She was 27-years-old.

    Investigators are still trying to figure out whose bullet struck Corado, but that detail won't change the community's grief at losing a familiar and friendly face.

    Trader Joe's Employee Recalls Terrifying Experience

    [LA] Trader Joe's Employee Recalls Terrifying Experience

    Tatiana Velasquez was trapped inside the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake during the shootout on Saturday. Michael Brownlee reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2018.

    (Published Monday, July 23, 2018)

    Corado moved to Silver Lake after four years at the Trader Joe's in Toluca Lake, with employees describing the store as a close knit family. Co-workers say they will miss her "loud" and "bold" personality.

    Security guard Raymond Shafazarian, who started working at the Silver Lake grocery store four months earlier, was heartbroken and frustrated that he wasn't working Saturday.

    "It's like I lost one of my family," Shafazarian said, visibly emotional.

    Shafazarian said store policy didn't allow him to bring a gun to work.

    "They don't want to us to have guns," Shafazarian said. "I have no idea why because the gun is to protect somebody from [a] crazy man, like yesterday."

    However Shafazarian says he plans to bring his gun to work on Tuesday.

    Identities of Trader Joe's Suspect, Victim Revealed

    [LA] Identities of Trader Joe's Suspect, Victim Revealed

    Authorities reveal the identities of the Trader Joe's hostage suspect and victim with new details from the scene. Jane Yamamoto and Rick Montanez report for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on July 22, 2018.

    (Published Sunday, July 22, 2018)

    "If they like it or not, even if they said to me, 'You're fired,' that's fine," Shafazarian said as he failed to hold back tears.

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