The two victims killed in the attack on Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic have been identified as a mother and an Iraq War veteran. Nine others were wounded in the incident.
Jennifer Markovsky and Ke’Arre Marcell Stewart, along with police Officer Garrett Swasey, perished in the shooting that lasted for hours on Friday. The suspected assailant, Robert Dear, has been taken into custody.
Markovsky was with a friend at the Colorado Springs clinic on Friday, according to her father, John Ah-King. Markvosky’s friend, who was wounded in the incident, was transported to a hospital. According to the Denver Post, John Ah-King said her daughter had moved to Colorado several years ago and had two young children. “She was the most lovable person,” Ah-King said. “I couldn’t believe it. I just messaged her Thursday to say ‘Happy Thanksgiving.'” She lived with her husband, Paul, and her children, a son and a daughter.
Stewart’s mother, Sharon Lloyd, expressing her sorrow, told NBC News, “I don’t know if he (Dear) understands the pain he has caused this family, how much he has damaged and changed our lives.” Stewart was a veteran of the Iraq War and a father of two. According to Amburh Butler, family spokeswoman and a friend, Stewart was with someone at the clinic when he was killed.
Garrett Swasey, a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus officer, was the third victim. He had responded to the scene of the shooting in support of Colorado Springs police. In a statement, his wife said, “Helping others brought him deep satisfaction and being a police officer was a part of him. In the end, his last act was for the safety and wellbeing of others and was a tribute to his life.”
While the police have said it is a preliminary identification, a full identification will be revealed once the autopsies are conducted.