Victims identified in Boulder shooting, suspect charged

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(BOULDER, CO) — Colorado is in mourning following a senseless attack on a grocery store on Monday.  Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold on Tuesday, identified the lives lost in the mass shooting.

10 people, including a police officer, were killed at the King Soopers store.  The officer was identified as 51-year-old Eric Talley and his cruiser has since become a memorial that stands outside the police department where the public can pay their respects.   The car has since been covered in flowers, balloons, notes and candles.

Talley, who was among the first to respond, joined the Boulder police in 2010 and was working on becoming a drone operator to take himself out of the front line.  He was a father of seven.

The other victims were identified as: Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.

Families and friends of the victims are working to preserve their memory.

Rikki Olds, a 25-year-old who worked at the grocery store, was remembered by her uncle Robert Olds in an interview with ABC News.  He called her a “strong, independent” young woman who was “so loved” by many.

“She was bubbly. She was the light of the room,” he added.  “Her giggle, her laugh would just bring you up to her level.”

Olds says his niece’s boyfriend rushed to the supermarket after news broke of the tragedy and waited behind the yellow tape in hopes of good news.

Erika Mahoney, daughter of victim Kevin Mahoney, revealed her father was about to become a grandfather — but he will never be able to hold his grandchild. “I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter,” she wrote on Twitter.

President Joe Biden ordered flags to be flown at half staff at the White House in honor of the victims.

Congress is now considering several gun control laws, including the ban on assault weapons, high capacity magazines and closing “loopholes in the background check system,” said President Biden.

The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.  He was apprehended alive and has been charged with 10 counts of murder.  No motive is known at this time.

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