Jayda Woods-Johnson was shot in the Alderwood Mall

On July 3, 2024, 16-year-old Samuel Gizaw was arrested for shooting 13-year-old Jayda Woods Johnson at Alderwood Mall.

Gizaw was held on probable cause at the Denney Youth Center in Everett, Washington, on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Gizaw's first court date was July 4, 2024, where the judge set bail without any holiday restrictions imposed by the Snohomish County District Attorney's Office. Gizaw paid bail and was released from custody.

On July 9, 2024, after further investigation by detectives, the Snohomish County District Attorney's Office filed adult charges of first-degree murder, first-degree murder, assault with first-degree murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm on Gizaw in Superior Court.

A Superior Court judge approved an arrest warrant with bail set at $2 million. Gizaw turned himself in and remains in custody at the Denney Youth Center.

The weapon used in this incident was not found. Anyone who voluntarily surrenders the weapon will not be arrested. Please contact LPD Detectives at [email protected] if you have the weapon or know who has it.

Detectives try to identify and question two women who accompanied Samuel Gizaw watch a movie on July 3, 2024 At the AMC 16 at Alderwood Mall. If you are one of these women or know who the women are, please contact LPD Detectives at [email protected].

Jayda’s family wanted to share this message:

Our precious Jayda was a fun-loving 13-year-old girl who loved everything about it. She loved exploring new places, singing and dancing. She seemed to know every song and movie ever made. She loved her two little brothers and was her little brother's favorite person.

A quiet Jayda was rare, as she was a firework that could light up any room she was in. She infected everyone around her with laughter and playfulness. She was the type of person who would roll down a grassy hill and make everyone else follow her.

While we are completely devastated and stunned, we are grateful to the Lynnwood Police Department for their diligence and dedication in seeking justice for our daughter.

Nevertheless, we are disgusted and even more disturbed to learn yesterday that the court failed to protect our daughter and future victims.

“We are extremely disappointed and disgusted to learn that the 16-year-old mall shooter responsible for our daughter's murder has, shockingly, already been released on bail and is comfortable in his home. This is completely unacceptable and an example of why this continues to happen too often in our country. Our justice system does not take strong enough action against those who commit these senseless acts of violence.” said Jayda's mother, Tabatha Johnson.

We thank the community for the many kind messages they have sent to us and Jayda. We also appreciate the privacy as we navigate through this nightmare.

Jayda's family set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover funeral expenses and raised $46,510 of their $40,000 goal from 968 donations.

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