President Joe Biden reached out to the mayor of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday, providing condolences and federal assets to a metropolis mourning its useless two days after a devastating capturing that shocked the nation.
“I simply obtained a name from @POTUS extending his condolences and help to the Boulder group as we start our therapeutic,” Mayor Sam Weaver mentioned on a Twitter publish. “The President was clearly pained by our losses, and provided any assets we’d like. I thanked him sincerely on behalf of everybody in Boulder.”
A makeshift memorial exterior the King Soopers grocery store the place the capturing happened was rising, and vigils had been deliberate throughout a metropolis nonetheless reeling from the brutality of the assault.
The Boulder Metropolis Council scheduled a particular assembly for Wednesday night time to handle the tragedy and honor the 10 individuals killed within the carnage.
Town posted a discover on Twitter that no volunteers or meals donations had been wanted, and presents of financial help had been being directed to the Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, the Boulder County Injured & Fallen Officer Fund and the Colorado Therapeutic Fund.
“We now have obtained an outpouring of help from throughout the nation,” city officials said. “Thanks everybody on your outpouring of kindness throughout this tough time for our group.”
The Boulder victims were identified as Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jodi Waters, 65.
Leiker, Olds and Stong worked at the supermarket, co-workers said.Talley was the first police officer on the scene. Homer Talley, 74, described his son as a devoted father who “knew the Lord.” He had seven children, ages 7 to 20.
The Boulder Police Department invited the public to show support for Talley by witnessing a police procession Wednesday as his body was taken from the coroner’s office to a funeral home in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
Red and blue lights flashed along a parkway as dozens of officers from Boulder and neighboring departments stood at attention. When the hearse passed, the officers saluted as one shouted, “Attention!” One person held an American flag.
The suspect in the attack, described by friends and family as angry, violent and paranoid, faces a court appearance Thursday on charges of first-degree murder. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, will be advised at the hearing of the charges he faces and his rights as a defendant. He won’t enter a plea until later in the judicial process, and a defense lawyer has not been listed in court records.
Alissa bought a Ruger AR-556 assault weapon six days before the shootings, according to an arrest affidavit. It also says the suspect had left a rifle — “presumably” an AR-15 — and a semiautomatic handgun in the store when he was shot by police and taken into custody.
Police Chief Maris Herold, who said she lives three blocks from the supermarket and frequently shops there, said no motive for the attack has been established.
About 100 people mourned Tuesday night at the makeshift memorial, which was adorned with wreaths, candles, banners reading “#Boulderstrong” and 10 crosses with blue hearts and the victims’ names. Therapy dogs were on hand to provide comfort.
4 ladies huddled within the chilly, one in all them crying as she recalled how younger individuals had rallied towards gun violence after the 2018 capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida. That rampage, on Valentine’s Day, left 17 individuals useless.
Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in Parkland, tweeted support for Boulder and for the families of victims in Georgia, where 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long is accused of killing eight people at three massage spas in and around Atlanta last week.
“My prayers are with the victims’ households, first responders & others impacted by the current shootings in Atlanta & Boulder,” he tweeted. “These acts of violence are evil.”
The motion that spawned out of the Parkland capturing, the March for Our Lives, marked three years since over 1 million college students demonstrated towards gun violence in Washington, D.C., and across the globe Thursday.
“Our nation is in a relentless cycle of violence and apathy, and it’s laborious to observe extra communities grieve when all we wished 3 years in the past, and all we would like at the moment, is for individuals to stay free from gun violence,” the organizers tweeted, including that they “mourned” for the lives of the victims in Boulder and in Atlanta.
Family members described Alissa as paranoid and antisocial, and his brother said he believes his younger sibling is mentally ill.
Alissa, a resident of the Denver suburb of Arvada, went to the King Soopers in Boulder – about 20 miles away – with two weapons, according to an arrest affidavit. He shot and killed 10 people, police say, before surrendering with a leg wound after stripping down to his shorts.
Ali Alissa, 34, told CNN his brother was bullied in high school for being Muslim and became antisocial and increasingly paranoid around 2014. As a high school senior in 2018, Ahmad Alissa was found guilty of assaulting a fellow student in class after knocking him to the floor and punching him in the head several times, according to a police affidavit that said Alissa complained the student had called him “racial names.”
Contributing: Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY; The Related Press