A 20-year-old security guard who died trying to save others during a shooting last Saturday at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, is being remembered for his bravery.
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Christian LaCour, a mall guard, was among the eight victims slaughtered in the Allen Premium Outlets shooting.
Those who knew LaCour were unsurprised to hear reports of his heroic efforts trying to save others before being shot and killed, citing past examples of the young man’s endeavors to serve with kindness, KDFW-TV reported.
Lacour is being credited with giving his life for others, with Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey publicly praising the late security guard.
“We also must acknowledge the bravery of Allied security guard Christian LaCour, who evacuated one individual to safety and was shot while courageously remaining to help others,” Harvey said.
And store manager Andria Gaither, who shared a past example of LaCour kindly offering to walk her to her vehicle after hours, told KDFW-TV she believes LaCour’s actions during the shooting were heroic.
“I really think that he died being a protector for the people working here and the people shopping out here,” Gaither said. “He was brave. That’s undoubted.”
She added, “I think that he 100% should be remembered as a hero, because that’s what he was.”
LaCour’s family has also spoken out in heartbreak over the tragic loss.
Kellie Smith, his sister-in-law’s mother, wrote, “Words can not even begin to describe the devastation that our family feels. There will forever be a void.”
His mother, Tracye LaCour, said she is praying for other victims’ families, and his sister, Brianna Smith, described the late security guard as “a really sweet kid.”
“I’m sad that he’s gone,” she said.
Police are reportedly still investigating the facts and looking for a motive after Mauricio Garcia, 33, murdered eight innocents, including LaCour.
The family of 20-year-old Christian LaCour confirms to me he was one of the 8 people killed in Saturday's mass shooting at the #Allen Outlet Mall.— Peyton Yager (@peytonyager) May 7, 2023
LaCour worked at the mall as a security guard on site and grew up in Farmersville, TX. @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/wOhQPwnU6J
Authorities are also praising an unnamed Allen police officer who shot and killed Garcia and halted the rampage. At the moment, that cop reportedly wishes for privacy as he processes what unfolded, according to the New York Post.
“The officer sprinted towards high-power rifle fire as everyone else ran away,” Zach Horn, a representative for the officer, said. “He’s a brave servant with a gentle heart that embodies the best the law enforcement profession has to offer.”
Continue to pray for the city of Allen as well as the victims’ families.
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