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Maryland Zumiez Stores Closed for a Day to Remember Shooting Victims

The Zumiez skate shops around Maryland closed early Wednesday to remember two coworkers killed Saturday at The Mall in Columbia. A vigil at the Columbia store will be held Thursday night.

Kari Tempera, right, touches Tyler Johnson's name on a message imprinted on a boarded-up Zumiez Monday in the Columbia Mall, the first day it reopened after Saturday's shooting that killed Johnson and Brianna Benlolo. (Credit: Jennifer Donatelli)
Kari Tempera, right, touches Tyler Johnson's name on a message imprinted on a boarded-up Zumiez Monday in the Columbia Mall, the first day it reopened after Saturday's shooting that killed Johnson and Brianna Benlolo. (Credit: Jennifer Donatelli)
By Elizabeth Janney

The Mall in Columbia wasn't the only place that closed up in the aftermath of Saturday's shootings.

Skate shops within the Zumiez franchise around the state closed Wednesday evening as the retailer remembered two Zumiez employees killed on Jan. 25 in Columbia.

Police said that Marcus Aguilar, 19, came out of a dressing room and fatally shot Zumiez employees Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, on Saturday.

Maryland employees of the skate and surf shop planned to "meet for a private gathering to celebrate the lives of Brianna and Tyler," Zumiez posted on Facebook Wednesday.

The sports retailer based in Washington state operates 472 stores in the United States selling apparel for skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, BMX and motocross.

Its Maryland stores are located in the White Marsh Mall, Towson Town Center, Arundel Mills, Francis Scott Key Mall, Hagerstown Outlets, Westfield Annapolis, Lakeforest Mall and The Mall in Columbia. The store at the Mall in Columbia has been closed since Saturday and has been boarded up.

"We thank our friends for all the love and support they have shown in the days since this tragedy. The families of Brianna and Tyler are in the thoughts of the Zumiez extended family around the world,"Zumiez said.

The Mall in Columbia was holding a candlelight vigil for the victims at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the outdoor plaza by Starbucks.

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