California public radio news director loses father in Boulder shooting

A news director for a member of National Public Radio (NPR) announced Tuesday that her father was one of 10 victims of the deadly shooting the previous day in Boulder, Colo.

Erika Mahoney, who works as the news director for NPR’s Pacific Grove, California, KAZU train station, posted a series of tweets revealed that her father, 61-year-old Kevin Mahoney, died after a gunman opened fire at the King Soopers grocery store.

Mahoney, who called her father her “hero”, said she was “unhappy”.

“My father represents everything that has to do with love,” she tweeted, along with photos of her crossing her arm with his at their wedding last year.

“I’m so grateful that he was able to lead me to the altar last summer,” she said.

Mahoney said she is now pregnant, adding that her father “wants me to be strong for his granddaughter”.

She then thanked the Boulder police for “being so kind through this painful tragedy”.

“I love you forever dad. You are always with me, ”she added.

I am pregnant now. I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter.

– Erika Mahoney (@MahoneyEb) March 23, 2021

I love you forever dad. You are always with me. pic.twitter.com/lOK2F3rcfB

– Erika Mahoney (@MahoneyEb) March 23, 2021

According to authorities, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, opened fire at the Boulder grocery store on Monday as customers gathered to shop and get COVID-19 vaccines.

Mahoney’s father and nine others, including a police officer who responded to the attack, were killed. Officials said Tuesday the victims were between 20 and 65 years old.

A arrest warrant issued to Alissa, noting that he had an assault rifle and was wearing body armor during the shooting, and The Associated Press reported Tuesday that court documents showed he bought the assault rifle less than a week before the attack.

Alissa was charged with murder on 10 countsThe police announced on Tuesday. The authorities have not yet given a motive for the shooting.

The violence has sparked renewed talks on arms reform legislation President BidenJoe BidenFirst Lady Leaves Walter Reed After Foot Trial Biden supports efforts to include immigration in budget package with MyPillow CEO to remove ads from Fox News MORE Call to Congress in an address from the White House to banning offensive weapons and high-capacity magazines and closing loopholes in the background screening system.

It is. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein: Nearly 140 Democrats Urge EPA to Allow California “Immediately” To Set Its Own Vehicle Emission Standards Biden Signs Bill To Strengthen Crime Victims Fund (D-Calif.), Who first introduced the Federal Assault Weapons Ban before it came into effect in 1994, called to Congress to pass the legislation again after bouldering.

Feinstein argued that the ban, which expired in 2004, could have prevented the attack on Monday, noting that a court blocked a 2018 ban on Boulder assault weapons just 10 days before the shooting.

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