Headlines March 26, 2021
Boulder Shooting Suspect Makes First Court Appearance
The man accused of killing 10 people at a Boulder King Soopers store on Monday made his first court appearance Thursday. Defense attorneys for 21-year old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa asked for more time to assess their client’s mental health status before filing more charges. The Boulder District judge said 11 charges have been filed – 10 first-degree murder charges and one attempted first-degree murder charge, for threatening the life of police officer Richard Steidell during the Monday shooting.
Congressman Neguse Asks President Biden to Ban Certain Weapons
Colorado U.S. Representative Joe Neguse sent a letter signed by 60 lawmakers to President Joe Biden Thursday calling for a ban on certain types of guns. The Congressman’s letter urges President Biden to ban semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are imported from abroad. The Denver Post reports that Neguse, who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District in Congress, is looking for Biden to issue an executive order to ban imported guns and ammunition, which is within the president’s jurisdiction to enact a ban immediately. A wider ban on guns and ammunition would have to get Congress’s approval. Neguse’s letter said that as the U.S. goes through the health and economic crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, simultaneously there is the battle with rising violence caused by access to dangerous firearms.
Boulder Mayor Responds to Shootings
Since Monday, starting with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, many have expressed frustration that a grocery store was the site of the shooting, where so many frontline workers have diligently gone to work during the pandemic to make sure the rest of us could get what we needed to cook meals at home. Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver said it was doubly sad for the people who work at the local grocery stores, especially because one of the victims, Teri Leiker was a King Soopers employee. Others killed were 20-year old Denny Stong; 23-year old Neven Stanisic; 25-year old Rikki Olds; Tralona Bartkowia, age 49; 51-year old Teri Leiker, 59-year old Suzanne Fountain; Kevin Mahoney, age 61; Lynn Murray 62; 65-year old Jody Waters; and 51-year old police officer, Eric Talley.
Boulder Vigils for Shooting Victims
There have been several vigils in recent days for the 10 who died including one at Fairview High School last night. It was organized by Moms Demand Action and drew more than 1,000 attendees in south Boulder. Another will be held this Sunday at 7 p.m. in Lyons at Sandstone Park. The vigil will honor the “victims, families and support personnel” involved in the tragedy. Also, a memorial service for the officer killed, Eric Talley, has been announced for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Flatirons Church in Lafayette. The service is open to the public, but attendance will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.