Remembering the Planned Parenthood shooting victims, one year later

Garrett Swasey, Ke’Arre Stewart, and Jennifer Markovsky / Swasey photo courtesy UCCS; Stewart photo courtesy Ke’Arre M. Stewart Family; Markovsky photo courtesy Ah King Family
Garrett Swasey, Ke’Arre Stewart, and Jennifer Markovsky / Swasey photo courtesy UCCS; Stewart photo courtesy Ke’Arre M. Stewart Family; Markovsky photo courtesy Ah King Family

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sunday is the first anniversary of the Planned Parenthood shooting. It was the day after Thanksgiving–Black Friday–when a gunman at the Colorado Springs clinic took the lives of three people and injured several others.

The entire area in northwestern Colorado Springs was blocked off by police that day. A standoff with the admitted gunman, Robert Lewis Dear, went on for several hours before SWAT teams crashed their armed vehicles into the building.

Three people were killed that Friday.

Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer of six years. Swasey was a loving husband, the father of two children, and a co-pastor at Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs. 
Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer of six years. Swasey was a loving husband, the father of two children, and a co-pastor at Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs.
Jennifer Markovsky / Courtesy Ah King Family
Jennifer Markovsky, 36, was originally from Hawaii, and left behind her husband and two kids. Her family said she was at the clinic supporting a friend on the day of the shooting.
Ke'Arre Stewart

Ke’Arre Stewart was there for the same reason that Friday. He lost his life at just 29 years old. Ke’Arre was an Iraq war veteran who died trying to save others during the shooting. Witnesses told his family he was shot outside of the Planned Parenthood, and ran inside to warn and protect the others. He leaves behind his wife and two daughters.

Dear has admitted to the killings, saying, “I’m guilty. No trial. I’m a warrior for the babies.” This month, he was once again ruled incompetent to stand trial. He is receiving treatment at the state hospital in Pueblo and will be back in court in February.

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