A frontrunner at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory paid tribute to Boulder, Colorado Tuesday (March 23) within the hours after 10 individuals had been killed in a mass taking pictures within the metropolis.
A suspect has been charged with 10 counts of homicide following the taking pictures, which occurred at a grocery store and was finished utilizing an AR-15 assault rifle, based on legislation enforcement officers quoted in a report from the New York Times.
The victims of the incident have up to now been recognized as Eric Talley, 51 (who labored for the Boulder Police Division and responded to calls in regards to the taking pictures); Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.
Bobby Braun, JPL’s director of planetary science, made feedback in regards to the occasions that occurred in Boulder throughout a televised media briefing discussing the plan to put the agency’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity in the air within the coming weeks.
“I simply needed to say slightly bit about my former group in Boulder,” Braun mentioned throughout a dwell information convention on NASA TV Tuesday. Previous to becoming a member of JPL a yr in the past, he served because the dean of engineering on the College of Colorado Boulder.
“You recognize from all of us right here that our hearts exit to the group as we speak,” Braun added. “Boulder is a particular place for a lot of causes, one in every of which is the connection to aerospace and house exploration.”
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are among the many house corporations with places of work in Boulder who’ve labored with NASA; the group can be a hub of expertise providers for the house group.
“So to my former college students, the college and employees that I labored with on daily basis,” Braun continued, “and the entire Boulder group, I simply wish to say that we stand with you, and know that you will get by this.”
U.S. President Joe Biden has requested that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff to honor the victims. That is the second mass taking pictures in the USA in only a week, following the murder of eight people on March 16 at three spas within the Atlanta, Georgia space. Six of the eight victims in Atlanta had been of Asian descent, which has sparked discussions worldwide regarding anti-Asian violence, particularly within the wake of rising violence in opposition to Asian communities this previous yr, consultants have mentioned.
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