COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This month, it will be one year since a shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. The city reeled after the spree left three people, including one responding officer, dead.
On this anniversary, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers released a statement regarding this day of remembrance.
“This weekend, we will mark the anniversary of a tragic day for our city – one that we will certainly never forget. While we remember the three individuals we lost, we also recall that despite the senseless acts of one man on one day, our community responded with acts of courage, dedication to fellow citizens and overwhelming support for victims and first responders, both sworn and civilian.
I said in the hours that followed that we would not be defined by the events of that day, but rather by our city’s response. In the last year, we have had the opportunity to remember those we lost, Officer Garrett Swasey, Jennifer Markovsky and Ke’Arre Stewart. We have recognized those who responded, from UCCS, CSPD, CSFD, El Paso County Sheriff and AMR and the staff at Planned Parenthood and neighboring businesses who moved patients and visitors to safety. In remembering, recovering and recognizing our heroes, I believe we have displayed our resiliency to the world.
So today, while we remember, I ask that we also pause to thank the heroes among us, who acted selflessly and continue to do so, in the name of protecting our great city and all who live here.”
Suspect Robert Dear is accused of killing University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey and two others at the clinic during a shooting spree on November 27.
The 15 clinic employees survived.
Colorado Springs police Detective Jerry Schiffelbei testified that he talked with Dear for more than seven hours after the shooting, saying Dear wanted to waive his Miranda rights and speak with detectives.
Schiffelbei said Dear made comments about “saving the babies” and “no more baby parts.”
Schiffelbei also testified that Dear believed “the Feds were after him” since he called a radio station after federal agents raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas on Feb 28, 1993.
He is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault.
At a court appearance in December 2015, Dear had outbursts and called himself “guilty” and a “warrior for babies.”
Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault.