Traditional Korean three-tiered flower wreaths lined the halls Thursday evening at New Song Church outside of Dallas, where mourners gathered at a funeral for the Chos — remembered as family-oriented pillars in their community.
Family and friends filled two rooms at the church to honor Kyu Song Cho, 37, Cindy Cho, 35, and their 3-year-old son, James, killed last weekend in a mass shooting at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas. Six-year-old son, William, survived the shooting.
The tearful service came less than a week after a gunman opened fire at Allen Premium Outlets, about 25 miles north of Dallas, killing eight people and injuring a half-dozen more.
“The Cindy I remember remains as one of the sweetest, most caring, and positive people I know,” said David Kim, who was part of a Bible study and fellowship group with the family. “James was a bright light for all of us … If his dad won a smile competition with a big smile, and his mother won with the sweetest, James could win it with his eyes.”