Remembering Brandy Escamilla and Josilyn Ruiz: GoFundMe raises over $58,000 as tragic mass shooting at Beyond Wonderland

A tragic incident occurred during the Beyond Wonderland Music Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at a campground near Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater, resulting in loss of life and injuries. Josilyn Ruiz, a 26-year-old registered nurse, and her fiancé Brandy Escamilla, 29, were identified as victims of the mass shooting.

The shooting occurred when a 26-year-old individual named James M. Kelly, later identified as a resident of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, opened fire in the campground, a short distance from the festival site. . Authorities confirmed that two people were killed in the shooting, Josilyn Ruiz and Brandy Escamilla, while three others, including the gunman, were injured.

CONFIRMED: The two people who died in the Gorge mass shooting on Saturday were Brandy Escamilla, 29, and Josilyn Ruiz, 26.

This is the house they share in Ballard in Seattle. They are engaged and a neighbor says they are very happy together.@KING5Seattle

– Maddie white (@maddiewhitetv) June 21, 2023

After the incident, Kelly fled the scene but was arrested by the authorities. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound and then returned to Grant County. He is currently being investigated for two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree domestic violence.

Following this tragic event, Josilyn Ruiz’s sister-in-law initiated a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for her funeral expenses in Seattle. The campaign exceeded its $50,000 goal, raising more than $58,000. The page dedicated to Josilyn describes her as a radiant presence who brings joy to everyone around her, and confirms her fiance, Brandy Escamilla, was also a victim of the shooting.

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According to the GoFundMe page, Josilyn Ruiz was born on July 13, 1996, and her middle name, Summer, reflects the season she entered the lives of loved ones, making them glow with warmth and happiness. She is described as someone who brings laughter to their lives and fills every room with her contagious smile.

A GoFundMe was given to one of the victims of the Beyond Wonderland Gorge campground shooting. Josilyn Summer Ruiz was a registered nurse who lost her life, as did her fiance Brandy. Please, contribute if you can.

– EDM Maniac (@EDMmaniac) June 20, 2023

Josilyn has a deep passion for dancing, singing, attending music festivals, outdoor adventure, acting, skiing and traveling. Known for her kind soul, she is always ready to help those in need. Her presence will be greatly missed by those who cherish and love her.

As for Brandy Escamilla, a friend named Devon Breithart shared on Facebook that both Josilyn Ruiz and Brandy are travel nurses from California working on contract in Seattle. The couple moved to Seattle in 2021, getting engaged that winter after 10 years together. They adore their cat Otis and are deeply loved by those who know them.

While family and friends mourn the loss of Josilyn Ruiz and Brandy Escamilla, a separate GoFundMe campaign has been created for Brandy, raising more than $9,000 to date.

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