Tyler Joseph Johnson, 25, of Mt. Airy, Md., was one of the victims in the shopping mall shooting in Columbia, Md., Saturday, Jan. 25. He was the grandson of longtime Wilton residents Jean and Bernard Ryan, who now live in Heritage Village, Southbury, Conn., and the son of their daughter, Nora Ryan Johnson, and her husband, Howard P. Johnson Jr., of Mt. Airy.
Born Aug. 2, 1988, in Columbia, and a 2006 graduate of Centennial High School, Mr. Johnson worked toward a culinary arts degree at Howard Community College. He was employed as a chef at several area restaurants before starting his retail job.