More on all the people who died the day of the Capitol coup attempt:
Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick died after being hit in the head while engaging with the mob that flowed into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. He was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher, rushed to a hospital and died after a short period of time on life support.
The NYT had a gut-punch header about him: “He Dreamed of Being a Police Officer, Then Was Killed by a Pro-Trump Mob.”
His brother told the paper:
Brian is a hero. That is what we would like people to remember.
Aside from him, four others died — but it's a lot harder to feel sympathy for them and their families. I have nothing but contempt for anyone who attempts to soften what they did.
Ashli Babbit (California)
Already becoming an online martyr — her supporters have, sickeningly, appropriated “Say Her Name,” like she's Sandra Bland or something — Babbit was a rabid QAnon believer who openly advocated for violence and the overthrow of the government online.
A former member of the U.S. military, Babbit was at the front of a group that had was one set of smashed windows after from members of Congress. With a gun drawn on them and shouts to get back, she nonetheless clambered up to the window to get through. Just like any jihadist, she was prepared to die for her cause. And she did. Good riddance.
Her ex-husband, Timothy McEntee, was already making her out to be a good person — she was not. He told The San Diego Union-Tribune:
She loved America with all her heart. It’s truly a sad day.
She apparently remarried quickly after that 2019 divorce, and her current husband — who ran Fowler's Pool Service & Supply in Spring Valley, California, with her — has been mum.
Kevin Greeson (Alabama)
Greeson, on Parler, had openly advocated for violence against “communist motherfuckers,” but his widow claims:
He was not there to participate in violence or rioting, nor did he condone such actions. Kevin had a history of high blood pressure, and in the midst of the excitement, suffered a heart attack.
“Excitement”? No sympathies offered, dearie. Greeson is the unfortunate bastard who is the subject of debunked rumor that he was in the process of stealing a Tip O'Neill portrait when a taser he had in his pocket deployed, shocking him in the testicles, triggering a heart event. According to his wife and a NYT reporter, he simply died instantly of a heart attack at the event, and was never inside the Capitol. His wife claims he had no weapons, but was carrying a flag.
Sad for him? In November, he wrote on Parler:
All males over the age of 18 join a group.. be ready to defend our country!! Spend your money on guns and ammo... It’s time to stop this shit!!!!!
Reality stopped his shit.
Roseanne Boyland (Georgia)
Just like her namesake, Roseanne was obsessed with Trump and Lin Wood, believed COVID-19 was fake and felt the election had been stolen. She shared Pepe (white supremacist) memes.
Boyland was crushed to death by her own mob. Her friend, who was at the Capitol with her, said:
I put my arm underneath her and was pulling her out and then another guy fell on top of her, and another guy was just walking [on top of her]. There were people stacked two-three deep … people just crushed.
She actually did die as ironically as Greeson may have — she arrived at the protest with a DON'T TREAD ON ME flag.
Sadly, her friend claims the event was incited, but not by Trump. He holds Trump blameless. Her brother-in-law, Justin Cave, says:
My own personal belief is that I believe that the president’s words and rhetoric incited a riot (Wednesday) that killed four of his biggest fans.
He and her sister confirmed that Boyland was a QAnon buff.
Ben Philips, Trump supporter from Pa., dies near Capitol after organizing trip to Washington https://t.co/mQQnEoE2iz— MissKatsuragi 💚💜 (@misskatsuragi) January 7, 2021
Ben Philips (Pennsylvania)
Philips was such a Trumper he ran a site selling Trump-positive toys — Trumparoo.com (which, hello, Trump would have eventually sued into oblivion). He was responsible for arranging transportation for dozens of marchers, and apparently died of a stroke.
I don't believe, or at least I haven't seen reporting to suggest, that he advocated violence online prior to his death.
It is unclear whether he died inside or outside the Capitol Building.