LANCASTER – Dozens showed up for the candlelight vigil held for Reyna Gutierrez, the young woman shot and killed inside the Smoke Shack in Lancaster. Those attending were close friends and family, remembering the life of the 23-year-old.
“I don’t even know what to say,” said Beth K., a close friend of Gutierrez. “Her soul will forever stay with us.”
The emotional vigil was held at 6 p.m. at the Eastside Marketplace on Avenue J and Division Street. Attendees held candles, and many shared memories of Gutierrez after a brief moment of silence. Pictures and numerous candles were set up outside of the Smoke Shack.
Gutierrez was shot in the chest on Sunday, Jan. 27 inside the Smoke Shack, while cleaning in the back room. According to sheriff officials, Samy Mahmoud claims he was handling the store owner’s shotgun when it fell and discharged. Surveillance cameras did not capture the incident. Mahmoud was charged with Reyna’s murder on Jan. 30.
“There would be no way this was intentional,” expressed close friend Christina R. “She was a really great person and was always smiling.”
Donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of Reyna’s funeral.