YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP and KTVU) — Both the husband and mother of one of the women killed by the gunman at Yountville veterans home Friday gave brief statements to the media Monday from a St. Helena neighborhood.
Executive Director Christine Loeber, 48; Clinical Director Jennifer Golick, 42; and Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, 32, a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System were remembered as immensely talented women who cared deeply about veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
Jennifer Golick's mother spoke to the media saying, "I feel sadness throughout my entire body. I woke up yesterday morning crying in my sleep and when I got up I was still crying." She said she has been watching the news coverage 24-7 and thanked the media for the coverage. "I have to tell you what a great lady she was and she still is in my heart," said Gray.
Golick's husband Marc gave a brief statement to the media asking for privacy during this difficult time.
Golick studied counseling at Sonoma State University and psychology at UC Davis, according to her Facebook page. Her LinkedIn profile was also a licensed marriage family therapist with 16 years experience. Pictures show she was a major San Francisco Giants fan. Her last public post was March 4, showing her smiling with sunglasses in a Giants shirt at a game.
Meanwhile, authorities in Northern California have so far been tight-lipped about why a former Army rifleman may have killed the three women after a daylong siege at a veterans home in Napa County wine country.
Former Army rifleman Albert Wong, 36, slipped into a going-away party for two employees of The Pathway Home on the campus of the Yountville veterans home campus about 50 miles north of San Francisco on Friday, then let some people leave, but kept the three women.
Wong, whose military records show he served in Afghanistan from April 2011 to March 2012, was enrolled in The Pathway Home's veteran treatment program until he was recently expelled, according to a relative of one of the women.
Law enforcement officials did not respond to questions throughout the weekend about what led to Wong being dismissed from the program or whether officials had alerted police or others to any concerns about his mental health after he was removed from the program. Records also show a state-issued security permit Wong had for a 9mm firearm was canceled in October, but state officials could not immediately say why.