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Vigil held to remember Coral Ridge Mall shooting victim

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -  A community still shocked and saddened after a woman was shot and killed inside the Coral Ridge Mall, Friday night.

More than 100 people gathered at the Iowa Children's Museum to remember 20-year-old Andrea Farrington

"You could tell she was happy to be at work every day," said Miriam Mead, a friend and coworker of Farrington. "We worked together almost everyday."

Farrington was a playologist at the museum and also worked at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant inside the mall.

Family and friends say working at the museum was a job Farrington dreamed of having.

"[Customers asked] where is Andrea, is Andrea working today and they'd go find her because she loved talking with the kids," said Mead

Teal ribbons were pinned to every person at the candle light vigil as a way to honor Farrington.

Her favorite color was teal and Mead says that's likely because she was a social and energetic person.

"I just feel this somber mood across the city," said Coralville Mayor John Lundell. "The community is still in shock."

Mead says Farrington was planning to move back home to Montezuma in a week to be closer to family.

Mead says she talked to Farrington just hours before she was shot and killed.

"We just kind of tried to catch up before she left. I said I'll see you later.... and I didn't think it'd be the last time," said Mead.

Police say Farrington was shot and killed by 22-year-old Alexander Kozak, a mall security guard inside the mall food court - just feet away from where Farrington worked.

Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness and Coralville police officers called the mall shooting a premeditated death.

Of course I would see the security guards there because she was just who she was she was happy and positive. When they worked, she work," said Mead.

However Mead says Farrington never told her about being afraid or scared of any of her fellow mall coworkers.

"Thoughts and prayers of just absolutely every Coralville resident and I'd like to represent the City of Coralville, said Lundell to Farrington's family.

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