Rikki Olds was a vivacious, strong, and independent young woman who worked as a front-end manager at a King Soopers grocery store.
“She was so energetic and charismatic and she was a shining light in this dark world,” her uncle Bob Olds said.
“We had to wait and agonise over her fate for several hours,” Bob Olds said.
“After calls to the police department and every local hospital and the coroner’s office, we finally received a call back from the coroner’s office.”
Erika Mahoney, whose father Kevin, aged 61, was shot dead in the attack, posted a heartfelt message to Twitter about her dad.
The photo showed Erika’s father walking with her on her wedding day.
“I am heartbroken,” she wrote, that her “hero” was now gone.
The chief also identified the names and ages of the eight other victims:
- Denny Stong, 20
- Neven Stanisic, 23
- Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
- Suzanne Fountain, 59
- Teri Leiker, 51
- Kevin Mahoney, 61
- Lynn Murray, 62
- Jody Waters, 65
A father of seven was among those killed
Officer Talley ran into danger as the first officer to respond to a call “about a possible person with a patrol rifle,” the police chief said.
She said Officer Talley, 51, had been on the force since 2010.
The veteran officer is survived by his wife and seven children, his father Homer Talley told CNN affiliate KUSA.
“He loved his family more than anything,” Homer Talley said.
Officer Talley’s bravery was obvious on his last day of duty, his family said.
“Didn’t surprise me he was the first one there,” his father said.