Ke’Arre Stewart, a 29-year-old Texas native who served in the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, died a hero in the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting, his brother Leyonte Chandler, said in an interview with NBC News.
Stewart was standing outside of the clinic looking for cell phone service when the shooting began on Nov. 27.
After being shot, he ran back inside to tell the people to take cover and hide, Chandler said. “People were terrified, people were crying and scared, seeing other people get shot … I believe my brother put his life on the line to prevent that. That's definitely heroic.”
Stewart, who graduated from La Vega High School in Texas, joined the Army in 2004.
In 2013, Stewart was transferred to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs before being discharged from the Army.
Tony Fischer, a fellow veteran who served with Stewart in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, told The Huffington Post, “When you're done with combat, that's when people quit dying. It’s not when we’re hanging out at the grocery store, or at church or the shopping complex where Planned Parenthood is. When you come home you’re not supposed to worry about that stuff.”
Fisher, who was with Stewart the night before the shooting to celebrate Thanksgiving, said, "He was a proud man that served his country very well. It takes a lot to make an infantry guy sad and there are a lot of sad infantry guys around here tonight."
Stewart was one of three people killed in the attack, and he leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. Civilian Jennifer Markovsky and police officer Garrett Swasey were also victims of the shooting.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.