On Wednesday, thousands of Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol as Congress debated the formal certification of Joe Biden as president. The unprecedented images coming out of Washington, DC sent shockwaves throughout the world, with angry Democrats demanding Donald Trump’s immediate removal from office and threatening fresh impeachment proceedings.
Washington, DC Metropolitan Police have released the names of three previously unidentified protesters who died in the wake of this week’s violence at the Capitol. Here is what is known about all five individuals whose lives were cut short.
Ashli Babbitt, 35, Killed by Police
Ashli Babbitt was the first of the protesters to be identified following her fatal shooting by a Capitol police officer on Wednesday afternoon. Babbitt was a 14-year veteran of the US Air Force, a resident of San Diego, and an avid Trump supporter.
Shortly before her death, after reading a report that authorities were cancelling flights into Washington, DC ahead of Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ rally, Babbitt tweeted that “nothing will stop us”, saying “they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours…dark to light!”
Babbitt died in hospital after being shot while trying to climb through a window into the Capitol complex, with the officer who shot her put on administrative leave pending an investigation.