The California teenager blasted to death during a screening of violent crime movie “The Forever Purge” was on a first date with a young TikTok star who may now be brain dead, her grieving dad has revealed.
“She was so f—ing happy,” private eye David Goodrich told DailyMail.com of his 18-year-old daughter Rylee Goodrich.
“I could tell she really, really liked this boy. And he really, really liked her,” he said of his daughter’s new beau, Anthony Barajas, 19, who he revealed was shot through the eye in the attack in Corona Monday night.
“They were so excited for their first date,” he said of the young lovebirds who met on July Fourth but had never before been out alone. “She curled her hair all pretty,” he recalled.
Barajas, a TikTok personality with more than 1 million followers, took Goodrich to “her favorite restaurant” before they went to see the latest installment of “The Purge,” the dad said.
The teen had been texting her mother right up until the moment the pair were both shot in the head, the dad said.
“She texted my wife how boring and stupid it was, how she didn’t like the movie,” he said of the flick, which portrays a dystopian America where murder is legal once a year for 12 hours.
“That was the last we heard from her,” Goodrich told the outlet of his “pride and joy.”
His daughter died instantly after she was shot “point-blank behind her head,” the dad said.
“She never even had a chance … Then he shot her new boyfriend behind his head,” he said.
“I don’t know if they’ve taken him off life support but I think he’s brain dead,” Goodrich told the outlet.
Just six tickets were sold for the screening, and the young couple’s bodies were only discovered once the flick had ended.
A 20-year-old man, Joseph Jimenez, was arrested at his home in Corona late Tuesday and charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery in the case, cops said.
A gun matching the caliber of the murder weapon was found at his home, Corona Police Department said in a press release — saying that “there is no known motive and it appears to be an unprovoked attack.”
Officers also found the teen girls’ wallet at the house, her father told the Mail, claiming that Jiminez has claimed to have been hearing voices, which the dad believes is a bid to start an insanity defense.
Goodrich conceded that he “rolled my eyes” when his daughter first told him her new beau was a TikTok star — but he won him over when he bought the whole family souvenirs from a recent trip to Hawaii.
“It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen [a teenager] do,” he said, saying that further chats about how Barajas had monetized his online presence made him realize “he had his head screwed on straight.”
“I’m really protective and I wanted her to meet a guy who’s going to be compassionate and sensitive … and he seemed like that guy,” Goodrich said.