Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misspelled Tralona Bartkowiak’s first name.
BOULDER, Colo. – The 10 people gunned down at a supermarket in an afternoon of terror Monday ranged in age from 20 to 65 and include a police officer who raced to the scene after a 911 call.
Authorities identified nine additional victims on Tuesday after naming Boulder Officer Eric Talley, 51, the day before.
The victims, according to Boulder police:
- 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
- Jody Waters, 65
Flags will be flown at half-staff at public buildings statewide for 10 days, to honor the 10 victims, beginning April 1, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.
“This has been a painful year, and we sit here once again surrounded by seemingly incomprehensible loss,” Polis said.
The Boulder Valley School District confirmed two of the victims, Olds and Stong, were graduates from high schools in the district, and added, “Several of the other victims were parents of our graduates and given the fact that this is a close knit community, there will likely be many other connections to BVSD schools both amongst those who were killed and other victims.”
Talley was the first office to arrive at the King Soopers store and was killed during a shootout with the gunman, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said.
Talley had been with Boulder police since 2010, Herold said.
“He was by all accounts one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department, and his life was cut too short,” Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.
It “didn’t surprise me he was the first one there,” Homer Talley, the officer’s father, told KUSA-TV.
Talley had seven children of his own, ranging in ages from 20 to 7, his father told KUSA-TV.
“He had a great sense of humor, he was a prankster,” Homer Talley said. “He loved his family more than anything.”
Talley was one of three officers who helped save a group of ducklings that had been trapped in a drainage ditch, according to a 2013 article from the Boulder Daily Camera,
Talley “waded into the calf-deep water to try and round up the ducks himself,” the article said. “He was drenched after this,” Boulder police Sgt. Jack Walker told the newspaper. “They would go into these little pipes and he would have to try and fish them out.”
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said that a collection effort is underway for the officer’s family. Those looking to make contributions can do so here.
Olds worked at King Soopers and was a former member of the union that represents grocery workers, UFCW Local 7 said in a statement.
Tanice Cisneros, 26, said she and Olds, a 2013 graduate of Centaurus High School, remembered meeting in 4th grade but there are photos of them together from when they were even younger.
Cisneros said the pair and a few other friends formed a group of “outcasts” with Olds as their glue. “We were the weird ones. We were the loud ones. But we always had a lot of fun,” Cisneros said.
“She always made sure that anybody around her was smiling and laughing,” Cisernos added.
Olds lived most of her life in Lafayette, Colorado, with her grandparents, though she bounced around a few times in Boulder County. Cisernos said he friend just kept coming back to their town. “She loved it here.”
Her grandfather and her shared a special relationship, so that made it all the harder when he died the day after her 18th birthday, Cisernos said.
During her free time, Olds enjoyed hiking and being with friends. When the group graduated high school and some moved away, Olds kept in touch with everyone, Cisernos said.
Her work at the grocery store also fit her personality, Cisernos added. “She loved interacting with people. she’s a very outgoing person.”
Katie Dilley, who went to high school with Olds, told USA TODAY that she remembered “her smile and her laugh.” Dilley said they weren’t close but Olds had a tight-knit group of friends in their small high school.
A week before they graduated in 2013, Dilley said another student at their school planted a pipe bomb, prompting an evacuation.
No one was killed in the incident, but Dilley said it sparked fear throughout the class. “What I’ve been reflecting on is that fact … if you survive one incident, you might not survive the next,” she said. “It’s just so normal now.”
JD Mangat, a city council member in Lafayette, said he also went to high school with Olds and was neighbors with her and her family.
Mangat said he and other officials in Lafayette were discussing how to honor Olds’ with a memorial in the town.
Erika Mahoney, news director of KAZU Public Radio near Monterey, California, wrote on Twitter that her father was killed during the shooting.
“My dad represents all things Love. I’m so thankful he could walk me down the aisle last summer,” she wrote in a tweet sharing a photo of her and her father.
Mahoney said she was also pregnant: “I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter.”
Leiker worked at King Soopers for 31 years, according to KDVR-TV in Denver.
Alexis Knutson told the New York Times she met Leiker through a program called Best Buddies at University of Colorado Boulder, which connects students with community members who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Knutson told the Times that Leiker was a huge fan of the college’s sporting events.
Murray’s husband, John Mackenzie, told the New York Times that his wife was a former photo director for magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour. The mother of two was at the supermarket filling an Instacart order, something she did in retirement to help others, he told the newspaper.
“I just want her to be remembered as just as this amazing, amazing comet spending 62 years flying across the sky,” Mackenzie told the Times.
Stanisic’s parents came to the U.S. as refugees in the 1990s, the Rev. Radovan Petrovic of Saint John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church told the Denver Post. He was born in the United States and graduated from Alameda International Jr./Sr. High, the Post reported.
“His family fled the war in the former Yugoslavia and everything they had was either left behind or destroyed,” Petrovic told the Post. “They left everything to save their lives, and came here to have a new start.”
Petrovic’s wife, Ivana Petrovic, called Stanisic an “amazing child” in an interview with the Post.
“We’ve known the family ever since we became their spiritual father and mother here,” she told the newspaper. “He was a very good, shy, hardworking boy and one of those kiddos who listened to his parents the best.”
Stong, the youngest victim in Monday’s shooting, was a 2019 graduate of Fairview High School, Boulder Valley School District Superintendent Rob Anderson said in a statement.
A GoFundMe page set up for Stong’s family raised more than $14,000 by Tuesday evening. Stong “was a kind soul with a funny sense of humor and unique interests,” wrote the page’s organizer, James Noland.
“He did nothing wrong and deserved this in no way at all,” Noland wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He made no choice that led to this. He simply showed up to work, and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Bartkowiak, who went by Lonna, worked at an arts store in Boulder with her sister, called Umba.
Michael Bartkowiak, her brother, told the New York Times she was the oldest of four siblings. He told the Times his sister was “an amazing person, just a beam of light.”
“She rented a house outside Boulder and lived there with her little Chihuahua, Opal,” Michael Bartkowiak told the Times. “She had just gotten engaged. She was, you know, organic — stir fries, salads — she was always trying to be healthier.”
Colorado state Rep. Judy Amabile, speaking on the Colorado House floor, said she knew Waters from a local store where she shops.
“I’m so sad for them and for their families,” Amabile said.
The Daily Camera in Boulder reported Waters worked in and owned boutiques on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. Jeff Shapiro, who owned a store in the area for several years, told the Daily Camera, ‘“It sounds like a cliche, but she would light up a room.”
Fountain was an award-winning local theater actor, according to The Gazette. She was close with fellow actress Martha Harmon Pardee – she was present for the birth of Pardee’s son and the matron of honor at her wedding, the newspaper reported.
Fountain won a Denver Drama Critics Circle Award as Best Supporting Actor for her performance as Laura Wingfield in a production of “The Glass Menagerie,” The Gazette reported.
From 1990, Fountain was active in the local theater scene for 12 years, according to The Gazette.
“She was fearless and funny and giving and just a salt-of-the-Earth person,” Pardee told The Gazette, adding she wouldn’t be surprised to discover Fountain confronted the shooter in order to save others.