T’Yonna Major: A tribute to the victim of the Orlando shooting
T’Yonna Major has been identified by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as the 9-year-old girl who was shot dead in a shooting spree in Orlando, Florida on February 22, 2023.
Family members remembered her as an aspiring gymnast who could have had a great future in the sport.
Orange County Sheriff identified the deceased victims as 38-year-old Nathacha Augustin, Major and Spectrum News 13 reporter Dylan Lyons.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said on February 22, 2023: press conference that 19-year-old Keith Melvin Moses is accused of shooting five people; three of those people died. According to Mina, Moses first killed Augustin and the reporter and then entered a house and accidentally shot T’yonna and her mother, Brandi Major, who is in critical condition. He also shot and wounded a News 13 photographer, Mina said.
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T’Yonna Major was remembered as “extremely smart” and “an amazing gymnast”.
T’Yonna Major was “the apple of her parents’ eye; she was just such a joy to her,” Phyllis Turner, T’Yonna’s maternal great-aunt, said NBC News.
“She was extremely smart. She was top of her class. She was an amazing gymnast,” Turner told the network.
“She was a perfectionist. She didn’t like second and third place,” Turner told NBC. “She just believed in excelling in whatever she did,” Turner said. She added to NBC that the girl “brought everyone so much joy and laughter.”
A GoFundMe page describes the family as “very close-knit” and “the true definition of love and loyalty.”
Major’s father created a GoFundMe page. It is reading,
Hello, my name is Tokiyo Major, on February 22, 2023 the unthinkable happened. Our home was invaded by a gunman who shot my 9 year old daughter and shot my wife. Senseless violence took the life of my little girl, T’Yonna Major. She was a light to all who knew her. She was everything to us. She was a great student in 3rd grade and read in 5th grade. She was outgoing and an amazing gymnast. As her teachers would say, “The next Gabby Douglas. We are trying to raise money for funeral expenses, a memorial and therapy for our family to get through this difficult time. Anything you can give is appreciated. Our hearts go out to the other victims of this tragedy as well. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you for your support.
A GoFundMe page The project, founded by colleagues, also raises money for Major’s family.
“On 2/22/23 there was a horrific shooting in the Pinehills area of central Florida that left several people dead. First of all, we would like to offer our condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.
Brandi and T’yonna Major were the people in their home when the shooter entered. T’yonna was just 9 years old and sadly lost her life far too early due to senseless and selfish acts. The family was very close and the true definition of love and loyalty. What this family is going through is something unimaginable. Nobody should have to bury their child.
Brandi is currently recovering with her family. Let’s stand together to help her family at this time of need.
The money will be used for funeral expenses and medical bills, as well as for the family’s daily needs. *This GoFundMe page was created by employees of TK (victims’ father and partner) with his permission. His bank account is connected to this gofundme page and he is the beneficiary so he can access it immediately.
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