When Robert Dear, 57, went on a shooting rampage at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs Friday, he cut short the lives of three people, one of whom was a veteran of the war in Iraq. Ke’Arre M. Stewart, who had served with the Fourth Army, did a tour in Iraq before his discharge from the military in 2014. Fox News said today that Stewart leaves behind two young daughters who reside in Texas.
Also killed in the shooting spree were thirty-five-year-old Jennifer Markovsky who was accompanying a friend to the clinic Friday and police officer Garrett Swasey, a University of Colorado Police Officer who got the call of an active shooter at the Planned Parenthood facility.
Officer Swasey has since been named as the former ice-skating partner of Nancy Kerrigan and was currently a co-pastor at Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Dear has been reportedly “living off the grid” since his days of living in a mountain cabin in North Carolina and more recently in a ramshackle place in Colorado. The Post and Courier, the South’s oldest newspaper, said Robert Lewis Dear is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. His former wife, Pamela Ross, who lives in Goose Creek, says she hasn’t had any contact with Mr. Dear since 2000.
Today, Dear, who appears to have “social issues” will appear for the first time before a judge in El Paso County, Colorado. Colorado reinstated the death penalty in 1975. First degree murder with at least one of 17 aggravated factors could make a person eligible to be tried for a capital crime. Persons under 18 or with mental disabilities are constitutionally precluded from being executed.