Shooting Victim Remembered As Compassionate, Big-Hearted Woman

Credit: Jennifer Markovsky family

A kind woman with an adventurous spirit is how those who knew Jennifer Markovsky remember her.

Markovsky, 35, was one of 12 shot Friday during a shooting spree that started at Planned Parenthood on Centennial Boulevard. She and two others, UCCS Officer Garrett Swasey and former Army Spc. Ke'Arre Stewart, were killed.

Markovsky's father, John Ah-King, told 11 News he already misses his daughter deeply. He also took to Facebook to express his grief.

Life was too short my beloved daughter. I was waiting to see you soon."

Markovsky grew up in Waianae, Hawaii. Honolulu CBS affiliate Hawaii News Now spoke to a few people who knew her.

"Everybody loved her," childhood friend Joey Bautista said. "You ask her for something, you ask her for help, she helped."

Police have not released where any of the victims were shot Friday, but family members have said Markovsky was at Planned Parenthood to support a friend.

Her husband released a statement Monday.

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of my wife. She was a very caring and compassionate person and patient and understanding parent. She was deeply loved by all who knew her. She was always helping the kids do homework and reading books with them. We will miss her; her cooking, crafting and adventurous spirit. We ask for privacy now as we try to begin the grief and healing process.

Markovsky leaves behind two young children.