Two teenagers shot execution style in a Corona, California movie theater on Monday night were on their first date.
Rylee Goodrich, 18, was killed instantly by a bullet to the back of the head, her father told DailyMail.com.
He said her new boyfriend, 19-year-old TikTok influencer Anthony Barajas, tried to turn after hearing the first shot and the second bullet went through his eye, leaving him in a critical condition, possibly brain dead.
Goodrich's father, David, said police recovered his daughter's wallet and other possessions from the nearby home of Joseph Jimenez, 20, who they arrested less than 24 hours after the shooting on charges of murder, attempted murder, and robbery.
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David Goodrich (left), who works as a private investigator, told DailyMail.com his daughter Rylee met Anthony at a party on the July fourth weekend, and that she was excited to begin a relationship with him
Goodrich and Barajas were watching 'The Forever Purge' on Monday when in a nearly empty theater when they were shot. It was their first real date
A source close to the Corona Police Department said Jimenez told detectives he had been hearing voices.
But David said he believes the 20-year-old is merely trying to cut himself an insanity plea deal, and that the stolen wallet shows the young man knew what he was doing when he allegedly shot the two teenagers.
The bereaved father, who works as a private investigator, told DailyMail.com that Rylee met Anthony at a party on the July fourth weekend, and that she was excited to begin a relationship with him.
'She met this guy over summer, I think at a party on the third or fourth of July. My first inkling, he was this TikTok influencer, and I rolled my eyes like 'are you kidding me? Really, that's your future?' But her mom was very much give the guy a chance,' David said.
Joseph Jimenez, 20, was arrested on July 27 and charged with murder, attempted murder, and robbery in a shooting that left a teen dead and a TikTok star on life supportInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'I met him once before he went to Hawaii a few weeks ago. And then he came back from Hawaii and she was so excited. This sweet, sweet boy came with a bag full of souvenirs for all of us. It was the sweetest thing I've ever seen an 18-year-old do.
'He gave my youngest daughter a necklace and me and my wife little keychains. My daughter told me 'He surfs and bodyboards like you'. She sat there with this huge grin on her face, seeing that I was accepting of this boy, she was so happy.
'I could tell she really, really liked this boy. And he really, really liked her. She was so f***ing happy.
'They were so excited for their first date. She curled her hair all pretty. It was their first date that wasn't a group of people.
'They went to Wood Ranch, which was her favorite restaurant, and then they went to the movie.'
David revealed that Rylee was texting her mother just moments before the fatal shooting.
'She texted my wife how boring and stupid it was, how she didn't like the movie. That was the last we heard from her,' he said.
'It had to be right then.'
The 43-year-old said police told him they believe it was a random attack, and that Jimenez intended to steal from the young couple.
'They found my daughter's wallet at his house, which means it was a robbery homicide. From what I understand it was a random thing,' he said.
'She never even had a chance. He basically shot her point blank behind her head. Then he shot her new boyfriend behind his head. He was able to flinch so it went through his eye, so he was able to survive.
'I don't know if they've taken him off life support but I think he's brain dead.'
The movie, The Forever Purge, tells the story of Mexican migrants targeted by vigilantes during an annual US government 'purge', during which all crime is legal for 12 hours.
'I'm thinking with all the sickness in this world, that was his MO, I'm going to go do this and this is going to be my purge night,' David said.
Goodrich was shot in the back of the head at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings
Barajas' GoFundMe page is filled with well-wishes and sweet memories of the friendly teen
He described his daughter as 'passionate and hardworking',