Updated: 4:36 PM PDT, March 23, 2021
Ten families are grieving their loved ones who were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado grocery store on Monday. The attack at King Soopers supermarket in Boulder was the seventh mass shooting in the U.S. in the past seven days.
In a Tuesday press conference, police identified the victims, included among them a responding police officer and a store employee.
Here’s what we know about the victims.
Eric Talley, 51
Talley, a Boulder police officer, was the first officer to arrive at the scene. “Didn’t surprise me he was the first one there,” Talley’s father, Homer Talley, told KUSA of his son.
Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday the fallen officer “was heroically trying to save others.”
Talley was the father of seven children, ranging in age from 5 to 18, police said.
“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,” his sister Kirstin wrote on Twitter.
“When he pinned on that badge yesterday morning, he didn’t know what the day would bring,” President Joe Biden said of the fallen officer.
Emergency vehicles with their lights flashing formed a convoy as Talley’s body was taken from the scene to a funeral home. Fellow officers and first responders saluted as it passed.
Rikki Olds, 25
Olds was a manager at King Soopers. Her aunt calls her a “beautiful young angel” whose life was cut short “at the hands of a deranged monster.”
“May his rotten a** fry and burn in hell … if I don’t kill him first,” she wrote on Facebook.
Olds had been working at King Soopers since 2016, when she started as a deli clerk at one of the chain’s locations in Louisville, the Denver Post reported.
Kevin Mahoney, 61
Mahoney was going to have a new grandchild, his daughter Erika Maloney, news director of KAZU Public Radio, wrote on Twitter.
“I am heartbroken to announce that my Dad, my hero, Kevin Mahoney, was killed in the King Soopers shooting in my hometown of Boulder, CO. My dad represents all things Love. I’m so thankful he could walk me down the aisle last summer,” Erika wrote, alongside a sweet photo of her and her dad.
“I love you forever Dad. You are always with me.”
The other victims were identified as Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Lynn Murray, 62; Neven Stanisic, 23; Denny Stong, 20, and Jody Waters, 65.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information about the victims becomes available.