“She was so energetic and charismatic and she was a shining light in this dark world,” her uncle Bob Olds said.
On Monday, after a shooting rampage at the supermarket, her family panicked when they couldn’t reach her.
“We had to wait and agonize over her fate for several hours,” Bob Olds said.
“After calls to the police department and every local hospital and the coroner’s office, we finally received a call back from the coroner’s office.”
Olds was one of 10 victims inexplicably gunned down at the grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
Two other associates of the store — Denny Stong, 20, and Teri Leiker, 51 — were among the victims, according to Kroger, which owns King Soopers.
Both Stong and Olds were graduates of the Boulder Valley School District, Superintendent Rob Anderson said in a statement.
“Several of the other victims were parents of our graduates and given the fact that this is a close knit community, there will likely be many other connections to BVSD schools both amongst those who were killed and other victims,” Anderson said.
“While we cannot fathom what would cause such an evil, we know that many in our community acted bravely when faced with unspeakable violence,” the superintendent said.
Anderson pointed to the actions of first responders and of King Soopers employees who “acted courageously,” in trying to get others to safety during the shooting.
“We are eternally grateful for their quick thinking and bravery,” Anderson said.
Stong graduated from Fairview High School in 2019, and Olds graduated from Centaurus High School in 2013, he said.
‘A bright light’
Suzanne Fountain, 59, was the sort of person who, when people met her, they felt they “already knew her,” friend Helen Forster told CNN’s Erin Burnett.
If you were having a bad day, Fountain’s smile would cheer you up, said Forster, who had known Fountain since the late 1980s.
“She just would light up the room, and she was a bright light,” Forster said. “It’s a terrible loss of an incredible human being.”
“All her life really she was about doing service, helping others,” Forster said.
“All you had to do is be around her or her give you a hug, and everything was better.”
Five other victims
The chief also identified the names and ages of the other victims:
Neven Stanisic – 23
Tralona Bartkowiak – 49
Kevin Mahoney – 61
Lynn Murray – 62
Jody Waters – 65
A father of 7 was among those killed
Officer Talley ran into danger as the first officer to respond to a call “about a possible person with a patrol rifle,” the police chief said.
“I have to tell you the heroic action of this officer when he responded to the scene,” Herold said.
She said Talley, 51, had been on the force since 2010.
“He loved his family more than anything,” Homer Talley said.
Officer Talley’s bravery was obvious on his last day of duty, his family said.
“Didn’t surprise me he was the first one there,” his father said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled victim Denny Stong’s last name based on information provided by the Boulder Police Department.