Victims of veterans home shooting remembered as selfless

Victims of veterans home shooting remembered as selfless

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Christine Loeber, who was killed Friday during a deadly hostage situation at a veterans home in Yountville, California, died doing what she loved, her father said.

Donald Loeber told NBC Boston Saturday when he learned there was a hostage situation at The Pathway Home, he immediately knew his daughter, Christine, was among the victims. Loeber was so convinced, he called a police hotline to ask for an update.

“I said, ‘She’s the executive of the program, he ain’t going to let her go,'” he said. “She loved what she was doing. It killed her, but she loved it and she was a great kid.”

Christine Loeber, 48, was later identified as one of the three women shot and killed Friday after a suspected gunman held them hostage inside a treatment facility for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Therapist Jennifer Golick, 42, and clinical psychologist Jennifer Gonzales, 29, were also killed. Police later identified the alleged gunman as Albert Wong, 36, and said he’d previously been treated at Pathway Home.

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At a press conference Saturday, Yountville Mayor John Dunbar said “it will be difficult, if not impossible” to replace the women. Dunbar also serves on the board of The Pathway Home.

“They lived their lives selflessly to serve others and in particular, to serve our veterans,” Dunbar said.

“Each of them brought energy, vitality, personality to their jobs and that’s so critical when we’re talking about supporting our veterans who have post-traumatic stress or brain injuries in particular.”

The Pathway Home is one of the largest privately run veterans homes and specializes, among other things, in treating post-9/11 veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Christine Loeber

Image: Christine Loeber.

Christine Loeber.