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The youngest victim of the Colorado supermarket shooting massacre was a 20-year-old worker who had dreams of becoming a pilot, loved ones said Tuesday.
Denny Stong, 20, had been employed with the grocery store chain where the shooting broke out Monday afternoon in southern Boulder, according to his Facebook profile.
“I can’t stay home. I am a grocery store worker,” said a frame around his profile picture, referring to the coronavirus lockdowns.
The mother of one of his friends said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Stong had been “training to become a pilot.”
“My heart breaks. My son’s best friend, Denny Stong was killed at the Boulder King Soopers yesterday,” Laura Cole Spice wrote, adding that her son was “crushed.”
Stong’s social media profiles also contained numerous photos of planes and remote-controlled helicopters.
“Went for a training flight today, flew over the RC model field,” he wrote on a May 2020 post on Instagram.
In a post on his Facebook page earlier this month, he asked for donations to a nonprofit gun rights organization, National Foundation for Gun Rights.
“I’ve chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal,” he wrote on his page.
Police identified him Tuesday as being among ten victims killed in the shooting.
Two other grocery store workers — Teri Leiker, 51, and Rikki Olds, 25 — also died in the attack.
Authorities said a 21-year-old man, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, has been arrested in connection to the deadly shooting.
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