According to police, a security guard named Alexander Kozak, 22, walked into the mall where he works, went to the Iowa Children’s Museum and shot a co-worker who had filed a complaint against him for sexual harassment.
Andrea Farrington, 20, was shot in the back three times outside her work and later died at nearby hospital.
Kozak’s Facebook displays numerous shared images promoting guns and gun use. Such posts include images celebrating “stand your ground” laws, second amendment rights posts and one post shared from the national Association for Gun Rights.
One of the last things posted on Alexander Kozak—the Coral Ridge Mall shooter's—Facebook wall. pic.twitter.com/gi0qHeymjb— Alex Gookin (@_AlexGookin) June 13, 2015
Kozak had been working as a security guard at Coral Ridge Mall where Farrington also worked as a staff member at the Children's Museum. According to court documents, Kozak left the mall after his shift, went to his residence to get a gun and then returned to shoot Farrington.
In an interview with the The Des Moines Register, Farrington’s cousin, Savanna Dayton, said Kozak had been stalking Farrington for several weeks leading up to the incident. He had been doing things like leaving notes on Farrington’s car, leering at her and spying on her while she worked.
“She was scared that he knew so much about her,” said Dayton.
Kozak fled the scene, but was picked by police 50 miles away from the mall soon after the shooting. He is being charged with first degree murder and has allegedly confessed to the murder. His bail has been set at $10 million dollars.
Farrington’s family remembers her as an energetic, friendly young woman who was liked by many. “She loved kids and she loved her job,” said Dayton. “She was just trying to help everyone out and she would try to put everyone else’s needs above hers.”
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