BouldervictimsWorld News

Boulder victims: A police officer, a store manager and food shoppers

media captionBoulder Police Chief Maris Herold reads the names of 10 victims of the Colorado mass shooting

A police officer, a store manager and people shopping for food: the victims of the shooting rampage in Boulder, Colorado have nothing in common except that they were all buying groceries on Monday afternoon.

They range in age from 20 to 65 years old.

“I wish I could stand here and promise that the pain will heal quickly,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis said during a news conference on Tuesday.

“But it won’t… At times like this, it’s hard to see the light that shines through the darkness.”

Here’s what we know about the victims so far.

Eric Talley, 51

Officer Talley, a father of seven children, joined the police force at the age of 40 after leaving a job in IT.

The 10-year police veteran “died charging into the line of fire to save people who were simply trying to live their lives and go food shopping,” said Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty.

In an emotional news conference, his fellow officers shared how, when one of Officer Talley’s children swallowed a coin, another was able to perform CPR after learning the technique from his dad. The child was given a “life-saver” award from the Boulder Police Department a few weeks ago for his efforts.

“He didn’t have to go into policing. He had a profession before this, but he felt a higher calling. And he loved this community,” said Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold.

“And he’s everything that policing deserves and needs. He cared about this community. He cared about Boulder police department. He cared about his family. And he was willing to die to protect others.”

Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar.

— Kirstin (@Roozersmom) March 23, 2021

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter

In 2013, Eric Talley made headlines in the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper after he and other officers waded out into knee-deep cold water to rescue a family of ducklings caught in a drainage ditch.

“He was looking for a job to keep himself off of the front lines and was learning to be a drone operator,” said his father Homer Talley.

President Joe Biden paid tribute to the fallen policeman, saying: “Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty, making the ultimate sacrifice in order to save lives. That’s the definition of an American hero.”

image copyrightFacebook

image captionRikki Olds and her uncle, Bob Olds

Rikki Olds, 25

Rikki Olds worked as a manager for supermarket chain King Soopers, according to a Facebook profile. She went to high school in Lafayette, Colorado, and attended the nearby Front Range Community College.

Her uncle, Bob Olds, told CNN that she was raised by her grandparents.

“Rikki baby, you were taken too soon. I miss you dearly,” her boyfriend Jordan Arthur posted on Facebook the day after her death.

“Thank you everyone for all your prayers but the Lord got a beautiful young angel yesterday,” her aunt posted online.

Teri Leiker, 51

Teri Leiker had worked at the King Soopers grocery store for 30 years, her friend Lexi Knutson told Reuters.

“She loved going to work and enjoyed everything about being there,” Ms Knutson said, adding Ms Leiker was dating a colleague who survived the attack.

“Her boyfriend and her had been good friends and began dating in the fall of 2019. He was working yesterday too. He is alive.”

Ms Knutson said Ms Leiker may have gotten her job through a programme for people with special needs.

Denny Strong, 20

A Facebook profile for Denny Strong says that he lives in Boulder and began working for the King Soopers grocery store in December 2018.

“I can’t stay home. I am a grocery store worker,” he wrote on his Facebook profile picture.

Mr Strong described himself as a fan of planes, bikes and motorcycles.

On 8 March, he asked people to celebrate his birthday by donating to a pro-gun rights charity.

Kevin Mahoney, 61

Kevin Mahoney’s death was confirmed on Twitter by his daughter, who said her father died while shopping in their hometown of Boulder.

“My dad represents all things Love. I’m so thankful he could walk me down the aisle last summer,” wrote Erika Mahoney as she shared photos from her wedding.

“I am now pregnant. I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter,” she added.

Tralona Bartkowika, 49

Tralona Bartkowika, who was known to her friends as Lonna, ran a clothing shop in Boulder called Umba Love.

“We put the fun in functional,” the store wrote on Facebook, adding that the shop was founded by Ms Bartkowika and her sister, Lisa Noble, after a trip to Bali.

“Fuelled by their passion for travel, music, and art, the two of them began selling clothing at music venues, festivals, and local fairs, and Umba came to be.”

Neven Stanisic, 23; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Lynn Murray, 62; Jody Waters, 65

No reports have yet emerged of four of the victims. This story will be updated when more information is available.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button