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Woman killed in Maryland mall shooting attended high school in Hernando

BROOKSVILLE — Brianna Benlolo, one of two people gunned down at a Maryland shopping mall over the weekend, was a former student at Nature Coast Technical High School in Hernando County and had family ties to the county.

Benlolo, 21, was a ninth-grader at Nature Coast before transferring out of the district, according to district officials. Grandparents on both sides of her family live in Spring Hill.

A woman who answered the door at the home of Benlolo's paternal grandfather on Monday said the family did not want to comment. Other relatives had left for Maryland, the woman said.

One of them is John Feins, Benlolo's maternal grandfather, whom the Times reached by cellphone.

"My daughter has asked for privacy at this time," Feins said.

Feins told the Associated Press over the weekend that Benlolo came from a military family that had moved often. Before moving to Maryland, the family had lived in Colorado.

Benlolo was a single mother living in College Park, Md. Her son, Elijah, is a toddler.

Authorities say Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, fatally shot Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson on Saturday while they were working at Zumiez, a shop that sells skateboarding gear. Benlolo was an assistant manager.

"She was all excited because she was the manager there," Feins told the AP.

Police were still working Monday to figure out why the shooting took place and whether the gunman knew either victim.

Information from the Associated Press and the Baltimore Sun was used in this report. Times news researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

Woman killed in Maryland mall shooting attended high school in Hernando 01/27/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 9:54pm]
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