Orange County mass shooting: What we know about the victims

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A shooting in Orange County’s Pine Hills neighborhood left a reporter and a 9-year-old girl dead, and a news photographer and the girls’ mother critically injured.


The shooting was only hours after another woman had been shot and killed at the same scene.

Here is what we know about the victims.

Nathacha Augustin

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified Nathacha Augustin, 38, as the person shot in the first Pine Hills shooting on Hialeah Street near Balboa Drive and North Hastings Street.

Augustin’s sister Rose Wright described Nathacha as a light in the family.

“Always checking on us, she loved being an aunt to my daughter,” Wright said.

Wright wants the community to understand this is a difficult thing to process

“I want them to know what a loving and giving person she is,” Wright said. “She’s a big supporter of everyone. It’s a big, empty space this is leaving in our hearts.”

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T’Yonna Major

9-year-old T’Yonna Major was a third-grade student at Pine Hills Elementary School.

T’Yonna’s mother, who was also injured in the shooting, has not been identified.

Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Maria Vazquez said the school district’s sympathies and prayers go to the victims’ family and friends, including one of their own students.

T’Yonna’s family has organized a GoFundMe in her memory.

Fundraisers created to support families of slain reporter Dylan Lyons, 9-year-old T’yonna Major

The elementary school held a vigil Friday, where students and staff blew bubbles and threw colorful balloons in the air.

Children dressed in red to form a bright red heart in the field.

Her parents said T’Yonna loved gymnastics and spending time with her friends.

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Dylan Lyons

Dylan Lyons, 24, was a reporter for Spectrum News 13. He was a University of Central Florida graduate and president of the Radio TV and Digital News Association chapter while he was in college.

UCF Professor Rick Brunson described Lyons as energetic and enthusiastic about the journalism industry.

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Lyons interned at multiple news stations across Central Florida, including WFTV Channel 9.

His family has organized an official GoFundMe account.

More information on how to donate to support his family can be found here.

Jesse Walden

Jesse Walden is a photographer for Spectrum News 13. Walden was critically injured in the mass shooting and is currently hospitalized.

Walden provided an update to his condition Thursday through a Facebook post.

“I lost one of my best friends, Dylan, yesterday,” he said. “I was shot, and now I’ve had surgery and I am OK. Thank you all so much for your well wishes. I haven’t had my phone till now, so I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond to most of you. I’m very lucky to be alive.”

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