Oregon mall shooting victims remembered

Families of victims release brief statements Wed.

Cindy Ann Yuille was everybody's friend. Steve M. Forsyth, a father of two, loved to coach youth sports teams and had an entrepreneurial spirit.

Their families released brief statements Wednesday, one day after the two were killed a shooting at a mall in Happy Valley, Oregon, a suburb of Portland.

"(Cindy) was a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first," the Yuille family said of the 54-year-old hospice nurse who lived in Northeast Portland.

 

Yuille, a native of California, enjoyed hiking and cross-country skiing, her family told the Oregonian newspaper. She had a 23-year-old daughter and 13-year-old stepson, the Oregonian reported.

Her husband, Robert, told the Oregonian that his wife was "not a mall person" but had gone shopping Tuesday evening for a few things.

Forsyth, 45, of West Linn, Oregon, started a business and was experienced in marketing and advertising.

"He had a great sense of humor and a zest for life," Forsyth's family said. "He had a vision and belief in others that brought great joy and value to many lives. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

Kristina Shevchenko, 15, who was shot in the chest, remained in stable but serious condition Wednesday afternoon at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.

She suffered serious injuries to a lung and her liver, trauma surgeon Laszlo Kiraly told reporters, indicating more surgery is needed. "We are optimistic over her eventual recovery." Kristina is awake and speaking with her family.

The Shevchenkos thanked emergency responders and community supporters.

"We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families of the other shooting victims," the family said in a statement. "Our prayers are with them at this terrible time."

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