April 16, 2021

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What we know about the shooting victims in Boulder, Colorado – CBS News

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Police have identified the 10 victims who died after a gunman went on a shooting rampage in a crowded supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. The victims included a 51-year-old police officer who responded to the scene of the attack.

The 21-year-old suspect was taken into custody Monday and has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. Police said the suspect had been shot and was hospitalized in stable condition.

President Joe Biden extended his condolences to the families of the victims. “Ten lives have been lost and more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado,” he said Tuesday.

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Here’s what we know about the victims of the mass shooting:

  • Eric Talley, 51 

Talley, an 11-year veteran with the Boulder Police Department, rushed to the scene of the shooting at the grocery store, where he was fatally shot.

Talley was a father of seven and loved his community, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said in a news conference. Herold called his efforts at the shooting “heroic” and said, “he’s everything that policing deserves and needs.”

His sister, Kirstin, remembered her brother on Twitter: “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.”

Eric Talley
Officer Eric Talley Boulder Police Department
  • Rikki Olds, 25 

The 25-year-old’s death was confirmed by both police and her aunt Lori, who remembered her niece on Facebook. 

“Thank you, everyone, for all your prayers but the Lord got a beautiful young angel yesterday…” she wrote in part. “We will be posting details about her arrangements in the upcoming days.”

Her uncle, Robert Olds, said, “No one can replace Rikki and the happiness” she brought into her family’s lives.

“Our family is suffering a great loss, and we will get through this together one day at a time,” he said in a statement. “On behalf of our family, thank you for honoring Rikki’s legacy and the light she was in this world. Our hearts go out to the other victims’ families who are going through the same grief we are.”

On Tuesday, Olds’ family commemorated her as a loving, hard-working person who was “truly one of a kind” and said “she’d embrace you and give you confidence to be the person you want to be.”

The statement said Olds was devoted to her career at King Soopers, and that she “strived to be the best manager she could be to her work family.”

  • Kevin Mahoney, 61

Mahoney’s daughter, Erika, mourned her father on Twitter, saying he “represented all things love.”

“I’m so thankful he could walk me down the aisle last summer,” she wrote Tuesday. “I am now pregnant. I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter. I love you forever Dad. You are always with me.”

  • Lynn Murray, 62

Murray, a retired mother of two and an Instacart employee, was working when she was killed at the grocery store. The company’s founder and CEO, Apoorva Mehta, sent condolences to Murray’s family. 

“Violence of any kind has no place in our society, and our teams are working with law enforcement and the King Soopers team to assist in any way we can,” Mehta said. “We’ve reached out to the shopper’s family to offer our support and resources during this unimaginably difficult time.”

  • Denny Stong, 20

Stong was paying for his lunch when the shooting broke out, his friend, Dean Schiller, told CBS News. Schiller was live streaming from inside the grocery store and didn’t know his friend would be among the victims.

“He was a really smart kid,” Schiller said. “He was trying to be an airline pilot who wanted to be a commercial airline pilot – that was his dream.”

Denny Stong
Denny Stong Handout
  • Teri Leiker, 51 

Leiker worked at the King Soopers grocery store for 31 years before her death. 

  • Neven Stanisic, 23
  • Tralona Bartkowiak, 49

Tralona Bartkowiak’s cousin, David, had been watching hours of news coverage Monday night after learning that her car was parked at the King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado. He later found out about her death from Bartkowiak’s mother.

As a child, David lived with Bartkowiak in Southern California, CBS Los Angeles reports. He said Bartkowiak, who was 19 years his senior, helped raise him.

“It’s just really sad that she’s gone,” David said. “It’s unbelievable. She had the biggest heart. She’s the most loving person I’ve ever met in my life, and it’s just so devastating.”

David said his cousin was a gifted artist who moved to Colorado roughly 12 years ago to run the family’s clothing line business.

“She was the backbone of this family,” he said. “She’s the backbone of that company.”

Tralona Bartkowiak, Boulder Shooting Victim, Grew Up In The San Fernando Valley by CBS Los Angeles on YouTube
  • Suzanne Fountain, 59
  • Jody Waters, 65 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Jonathan Vigliotti contributed reporting.

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