COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Nov. 27, 2019 marks the four-year anniversary of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs.
Three Colorado Springs residents lost their lives that day. Their final hours and minutes were all marked by selflessness, family and friends say. UCCS Officer Garrett Swasey died in the line of duty. Iraq War veteran Ke'Arre Stewart was killed after trying to warn everyone about the shooter. The third victim, Jennifer Markovsky, had been at Planned Parenthood that afternoon to support a friend.
Markovsky was the mother of Allen and Milla and was a loving wife, her family said. She hailed from Hawaii but had made her home in Colorado Springs. Like so many others in the Springs community, she was married to a service member, who had deployed twice prior to the shooting. Family and friends say they remember her as a kind-hearted woman with an adventurous spirit.
Stewart, a father of three, was stationed at Fort Hood from 2005-2007 and was deployed to Iraq for a year in 2005 to 2006. He later served for a short time at Fort Carson before retiring from the Army in 2013. His brother told 11 News Stewart had always had that "let me help" mentality, and he wasn't surprised his brother's final action was trying to save others.
Swasey, 44, was a devoted husband and loving father, who followed a successful stint as a professional ice skater with a career in law enforcement. He had been with the UCCS Police Department six years at the time of his death.
UCCS posted the following to Twitter on Wednesday in regards to Swasey: