Marc: Maybe a little ;-) I've pasted articles below on each victim.
> Hmm. Maybe I've got my wires crossed. The one I'm thinking of worked
> at the time
> of her death at the FBI (which doesn't say what she did earlier),
> and she had red
> hair. Does that fit in?
> Valerie Nielsen Williams wrote:
> > I didn't know this, but I do know that when the woman vaccuuming
> her van
> > was killed, the news said she was a "former nanny, married and a
> > convert to the Mormon Church."
> > val
Latter-day Saint Victim
The sniper brings the threat close to home. How close? On October 4, when
the sniper killed five people in a two-hour span, the shootings were
within a 2-1/2 mile radius of each other—and the Washington D.C. temple.
One of the victims was Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, a 25 year-old Latter-day
Saint, who was shot in the back at a Kensington, Maryland Shell station
at 9:58 a.m. She was vacuuming out her employer’s van when suddenly she
just slumped down. Some around her thought she had had a heart attack.
Pulling into a Safeway parking lot adjacent to the Shell station at that
same time were two sister missionaries from the Washington D.C. North
mission, coming to pick up some film. They were Sister Natalie Johnson
from Pleasant Grove, Utah and Sister Ralene Whitmer of Safford, Arizona.
Suddenly they heard a sound—like a gun shot. It was strange they thought,
but they both agreed it had to be a tire blowing on a car.
Then looking over toward the gas station, they saw a woman making a
frantic call on a cell phone and Lori lying on her back on the ground.
They rushed over to see what they could do to help, but there was
nothing. A fire station stood down the street, but not close enough they
could rescue the stricken woman, lying on her back bleeding to death..
The missionaries were powerless as Lori died before them while they were
waiting for medical help.
The police came and roped off the area, asked the missionaries several
questions, and then they had to leave. “I was hysterical,” said Sister
Johnson, who was scheduled to be released from her mission six days
Lori Lewis-Rivera would certainly seem like an unlikely candidate for a
She was a country girl from Mountain Home, Idaho, who had moved to
Washington D.C. in 1996 with her suitcase in one hand and a certificate
from the Northwest Nannies Institute in Oregon in the other. Her
employer, District journalist, Ellen Wiess told The Washington Post, "She
felt this was what she wanted to do with her life, and she took it very
seriously. . . . When she got personalized checks, she wanted to put
'Professional Nanny' on the checks."
Befriended by another nanny, Lori found the Church, and there met Nelson
Rivera, a native of Honduras who spoke only Spanish. Brother-in-law
Antonio Rivera said despite the communication problems, it was love at
first sight, and soon they did not need a translator for their dates.
They married in November 1997 and two years later gave birth to Jocylin.
Lori had dropped 3-year old Jocylin at a day-care center that morning
before she diverted from her normal routine and stopped to vacuum the
Nelson Rivera, 32, who works as a landscaper in Northern Virginia, told a
local newspaper that Lori was a devoted mother. “Her passion was her
daughter. She wanted everything for her.”
For several days after the first shootings, missionaries in both the
Washington D.C. North and South missions did not tract and only went to
scheduled appointments if they had a car. It was later that the sister
missionaries found out that it had been a fellow Latter-day Saint who had
died before them.
from Washington Post
Sniper Victim Remembered
Franklin Worked For FBI
UPDATED: 5:25 p.m. EDT October 21, 2002
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Funeral services for 47-year-old Linda Franklin, of
Arlington, Va., were held Monday morning at Mount Olivet United Methodist
Church in Arlington.
The FBI intelligence specialist was shot and killed Oct. 14 while
loading packages into her car with her husband at the Home Depot store in
Falls Church, Va.
"She will be missed ... her laughter and love of family, friends and
animals will live on in all that knew her. She was an extraordinary
example of living with joy and gratitude, no matter what came her way,"
said David Wray, the family's spokesman.
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