A crowd of hundreds assembled outside Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake on Wednesday to grieve together and honor the life of the store’s 27-year-old assistant manager, who was fatally struck amid a shootout there over the weekend.
Melyda Corado was killed Saturday by police gunfire as officers were engaged in a standoff with Gene Evin Atkins, who is also accused of shooting his 76-year-old grandmother and kidnapping a female acquaintance.
Corado was shot while trying to escape the store where she worked after a violent police pursuit Atkins was involved in ended in a crash outside, on Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said earlier this week.
Trader Joe’s, a chain known for its tight-knit community of friendly workers and loyal customers, has kept the Silver Lake location shuttered since the deadly incident. The mourners on Wednesday gathered in the parking lot, outside a boarded-up storefront.
“I’ve come to Trader Joe’s two or three times a week for the last 30 years,” said customer Alexis Krasilovsky. “It’s where I go when I’m lonely, to see little kids and the friendly employees. It’s such a tragedy. My heart goes out to anybody who’s suffering.”
The incident has been traumatic for the whole community, said Jerome Courshon, an at-large representative with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.
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