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Woman killed storming US Capitol was 14-year Air Force vet

Trump supporters rally outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Nov. 14, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
January 06, 2021

The woman killed while pushing into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon was identified by her husband as Ashli Babbit, a 14-year veteran with the U.S. Air Force from California.

Aaron Babbitt identified his wife to KUSI News in San Diego on Wednesday night. KUSI News reported Ashli Babbit had served four tours with the Air Force and was a high-level security official throughout her service.

“I’m numb. I’m devastated. Nobody from D.C. notified my son and we found out on TV,” Robin Babbit, Aaron’s mother and Ashli’s mother-in-law, told the New York Post.

Robin identified Ashli as a supporter of President Donald Trump.

Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that Capitol Police fired the fatal shot, which struck Ashli in the chest.

Video of the incident was shared on social media on Wednesday. A video showed the crowds inside the Capitol building in the moments surrounding the fatal shooting incident.

Later video showed Ashli Babbit being evacuated from the building on a stretcher.

The Daily Wire, tweeted, “Graphic video: A person covered in blood is rolled out of the Capitol on a stretcher.”

“It’s hard, because we haven’t been officially notified,” Aaron’s brother Justin also told the New York Post.

Justin described learning of his sister-in-law’s death as “pretty surreal.”