The youngest victim of the Colorado grocery store shooting bloodbath was a 20-year-old employee with desires of changing into a pilot — however whose life was lower quick by being in “the improper place on the improper time,” family members mentioned Tuesday.
Denny Stong, 20, had been employed on the Boulder King Soopers location the place the shooting broke out Monday afternoon in southern Boulder.
“He did nothing improper and deserved this by no means in any respect. He made no selection that led to this,” wrote his pal, James Noland, on a GoFundMe web page.
“He merely confirmed up to work, and was within the improper place on the improper time.”
On his Fb profile, Stong indicated that he had been a frontline employee through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I can’t keep dwelling. I’m a grocery retailer employee,” mentioned a body round his profile image, referring to the coronavirus lockdowns.
The mom of one in every of his pals mentioned in a Fb put up on Tuesday that Stong had been “training to develop into a pilot.”
“My coronary heart breaks. My son’s greatest pal, Denny Stong was killed on the Boulder King Soopers yesterday,” Laura Cole Spice wrote, including that her son was “crushed.”
Stong’s social media profiles additionally contained quite a few photographs of planes and remote-controlled helicopters.
“Went for a training flight at present, flew over the RC mannequin area,” he wrote on a Might 2020 put up on Instagram.
In a put up on his Fb web page earlier this month, he requested for donations to a nonprofit gun rights group, Nationwide Basis for Gun Rights.
“I’ve chosen this nonprofit as a result of their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll contemplate contributing as a means to have a good time with me. Each little bit will assist me attain my purpose,” he wrote on his web page.
Police recognized him Tuesday as being amongst 10 victims killed within the shooting.
Two different grocery retailer staff — Teri Leiker, 51, and Rikki Olds, 25 — additionally died within the assault.
Authorities mentioned a 21-year-old man, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, has been arrested in connection to the lethal shooting.