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Seattle Couple Identified As Victims Of Beyond Wonderland At The Gorge Shooting

Details from the shooting at the Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge campground are slowly being revealed including the names of those who tragically lost their lives.

A Seattle couple engaged to be married, Josilyn Ruiz, 26, and her fiancé Brandy Escamilla, 29, were identified as those killed in the tragedy.

A GoFundMe described Ruiz stating, “Josilyn came into this world on July 13, 1996, hence why she received her middle name Summer, our ray of sunshine. As soon as you saw her she would brighten up the room with her big beautiful eyes, beautiful smile, and contagious laugh.”

Escamilla’s GoFundMe stated, “Brandy was kind, caring, the kind of person that would light up a room with her energy and her beautiful smile. Brandy was a daughter, niece, cousin, godmother, aunt, and fiancée. She was a huge light in our lives with a lot of goals and ambitions to look forward to.”

You can donate to Josilyn Ruiz’s GoFundMe here and Brandy Escamilla’s here.

Three other people, including the shooter, were hurt. A 31-year-old man named Andrew “August” Cuadra from Oregon was hit in the left shoulder after he reported that the gunman appeared in front of him.

A GoFundMe has been organized to help pay for his medical expenses stating, “August is an amazing father of two and needs any help he can get financially at this time.” You can donate to Andrew “August” Cuadra’s GoFundMe here.

The second wounded person was identified as Lily Luksich who is only 20 years old.

The alleged shooter has also been identified as James M. Kelly, 26, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, booked on two counts of murder, two counts of assault, and one count of domestic violence assault.

According to reports, Kelly initially opened fire around 8:20PM in the far eastern section of the campgrounds, before walking away from the scene and continuing to fire randomly. Police returned fire, injuring Kelly who is now at the hospital for treatment.

Read the full report from Tri-City Herald here.


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Danielle Levy

Danielle Levy is an MBA with a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility. Danielle has several years of experience in the sustainability education world and has held various positions in human resources and intern management. Danielle is passionate about the ties between sustainability and social impact.

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