A 61-year-old father who walked his journalist daughter down the aisle last year, three store workers and a retired magazine photo director are among the 10 victims who were gunned down in the Boulder grocery store massacre.
The victims were shot dead at the King Soopers outlet in Boulder on Monday afternoon when the gunman, since identified by police as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, opened fire.
Those killed include: Rikki Olds, 25, Teri Leiker, 51, Denny Stong, 20, Neven Stanisic, 23, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.
Boulder Police officer Eric Talley, 51, was also among those killed after he responded to the shooting.
California-based reporter Erika Mahoney posted a touching tribute to her father Kevin as she revealed he was among the victims of the massacre.
‘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,’ she wrote alongside photo of him walking her down the aisle at her wedding last year in May.
‘My dad represents all things Love. I’m so thankful he could walk me down the aisle last summer. I am now pregnant. I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter. Thank you to the Boulder PD for being so kind through this painful tragedy.’
Kevin Mahoney’s journalist daughter Erika tweeted a touching photo of him walking her down the aisle for her wedding last year as she paid tribute to him. He is among the 10 people shot dead in the Boulder grocery store massacre on Monday
The family of Rikki Olds confirmed that she was among the 10 people killed at a King Soopers outlet in Boulder on Monday afternoon when the gunman opened fire
Lynn Murray, a mother-of-two, was a retired New York City magazine photo director who had worked for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour before relocating to Colorado to raise her children.
Her family have revealed she was at the store at the time of the shooting to fill an Instacart order.
‘She was an amazing woman, probably the kindest person I’ve ever known,’ her husband John told the New York Times.
‘Our lives are ruined, our tomorrows are forever filled with a sorrow that is unimaginable. She was one of the greatest people you’d ever want to know: hard working, loving and compassionate, caring, went out of her way to make sure everyone else had a smile on their face.
‘I just want her to be remembered as just as this amazing, amazing comet spending 62 years flying across the sky.’
Rikki Olds, who worked at the store as an assistant front-end manager throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, had been employed there since graduating high school.
She was raised by her grandmother after her mother abandoned her and her siblings as a young child.
Suzanne Fountain was a licensed Medicare agent and financial counselor
Jody Waters, 65, (left) and Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, (right) were among those gunned down inside the store
Olds hadn’t seen her grandmother in person until recently given the young woman was a frontline worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They saw each other again only after Olds’ grandmother was vaccinated.
The young woman’s family shared several tributes on social media as the grieving relatives called for the gunman to ‘burn in hell’.
‘We lost our beloved Rikki Olds to the monster who shot up the king soopers in Boulder CO yesterday may his rotten a** fry and burn in hell,’ her aunt Lori Olds said.
Teri Leiker, whose boyfriend also worked at the store but survived, had worked there for 30 years.
Leiker’s friend, Lexi Knutson, said the veteran employee loved working at the store.
‘She loved going to work and enjoyed everything about being there,’ Knutson told Reuters.
‘Her boyfriend and her had been good friends and began dating in the fall of 2019. He was working yesterday too. He is alive.’
Kevin Mahoney is pictured above with his family. He was among those gunned down in the store
Olds (pictured left with her boyfriend Jordan), who worked at the store as an assistant front-end manager throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, had been employed there since graduating high school
Leiker, whose boyfriend also worked at the store but survived, had worked there for 30 years
Knuston said she believed Leiker’s job had come through a special needs work program.
Friends said Denny Stong, who was the youngest victim, was training to be a pilot. He also worked at the store where the shooting unfolded.
His Facebook profile photo has the caption: ‘I can’t stay home. I am a grocery store worker’ in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘My heart breaks. My son’s best friend, Denny Stong was killed at the Boulder King Soopers yesterday. He was 21 and was training to become a pilot,’ Laura Cole Spicer wrote in a Facebook tribute.
Tralona Bartkowiak ran a small clothing and artisan store in Boulder and had recently become engaged.
Her store mainly sold yoga and festival attire. Bartkowiak had, in recent years, regularly attended festivals like Burning Man to advertise her business.
Jody Walters, a mother-of-two and grandmother, described herself as a ‘creative entrepreneur’.
Suzanne Fountain was a licensed Medicare agent and financial counselor.
GUNMAN: Ahmad Alissa, the 21-year-old gunman from Monday’s shooting at a Colorado grocery store. He is shown, left, wearing wrestling medals from the North American Grappling Association, in an undated Facebook photo
Police have not yet confirmed whether the gunman is the man who was seen being led out of the store, shirtless and barefoot, with blood dripping down one of his legs
The gunman first opened fire in the parking lot of the store before going inside where witnesses described him shooting at staff and shoppers.
Survivors hid in food aisles and sheltered while trying to listen to which direction he was coming from, and if he was reloading what they described as an AR-15 rifle.
Police, over radio scanners, told each other to take ‘head shots only’ after reports that he might have been wearing a tactical vest. The terror went on for around 20 minutes before he was taken into custody.
Talley was among the first officers on the scene following reports of the active shooting.
In the aftermath of the massacre, Talley’s father said the slain officer had been learning to become a drone operator so he could step away from the front line.
‘He didn’t want to put his family through something like this,’ his father Homer Talley said.
Talley is survived by his his wife and their seven children. Their youngest child is seven years old.
‘He loved his kids and his family more than anything,’ his father said.
Talley had been working as an officer for just over a decade after enrolling in the Aurora’s Police Training Academy when he was 40 years old. Talley, who had a master’s degree, had quit his stable IT job in 2010 after one of his close friends died in a DUI crash.