Mall shooting victims have local ties: Steven Forsyth, Cindy Yuille lived in San Diego

Both victims attended college in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - Two people killed in a shooting rampage at an Oregon shopping mall have ties to the San Diego area, 10News learned.

Records obtained by 10News showed shooting victim Cindy Yuille, 54, lived at a San Diego address from 1985 to 1994. She also had previous addresses in San Diego dating back to 1980.

According to the Oregonian Newspaper's website, Yuille earned a nursing degree from San Diego State University and worked as a hospice nurse for Kaiser Permanente in the Portland area.

"She was always cracking jokes and making everybody laugh," said friend Sean Mehan. "If you're a hospice nurse, it's really important to do that because it's such a draining job and she did it all of the time."

Yuille, whose maiden name was Waddell, graduated from Grossmont High School in El Cajon in 1976.

10News visited the Scripps Ranch neighborhood where Cindy Passalacqua, as she was known then, lived.

Neighbors remembered her as a wonderful young mother and a tremendously caring nurse at a local hospice.

Former neighbor Linda Hughes said, "She was just a lovely girl … and everybody liked her; she was a devoted mother; a sweet person … She was really into gardening … really, really into gardening."

"She was pretty unique. She was earthy, hippy-ish. She envisioned her home as a cottage in a fairy tale. She had ivy all over the place and she actually painted flowers on the wall, stuff like that," said former neighbor Fantano.

The other person killed in Tuesday's shooting, 45-year-old Steve Forsyth, attended the University of San Diego from 1985-1989, majoring in business administration, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was a youth sports coach who owned a business in the shopping center, friends told area reporters.

He was an entrepreneur who helped others like Damien Smith.

"A lot of my success is due to people like Steve who said, do the Internet, offer these services," said Smith. "A lot of my success comes from people like him who I look up to as heroes. I'm sorry. It's just hard, I guess."

It is a difficult burden now carried by Forsyth's wife and two kids.

"He would always go the next step: always be respectful of other people and take care of your family," said Smith. "He was a great family man. His kids looked up to him. He's one of those kind of guys who was always just so appreciative. He taught you to be appreciative of what you had because you could lose it at any point."

Yuille and Forsyth were fatally shot after authorities said 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire with a stolen AR-15 semiautomatic rifle just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, located just outside of Portland.

Roberts died from a self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said.

According to ABC News, the third shooting victim, 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko, remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Her family has set up a Facebook page to update her condition:

Investigators have not established a motive for the rampage, though it appeared that there was no prior relationship between the suspect and the victims, authorities said.

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