[updated] Holocaust Museum shooting victim: Died to protect, save others

This man is a hero. May he be of blessed memory.  And thank you, thank you so much.  God bless you and your family.

From DCist:

The U.S. Holocaust Museum has released a statement on the death of security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, who died this afternoon after being shot at the museum by a suspect who has been identified as James Wenneker von Brunn.

Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns died heroically in the line of duty today. There are no words to express our grief and shock over these events. He served on the Museum’s security staff for six years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Johns’ family. 

We have made the decision to close the Museum tomorrow in honor of Officer Johns, and our flags will be flown at half mast in his memory.

FOX 5 reports that Johns was 39 years old. A memorial Facebook grouphas already been created. We’ll update as we learn more about Officer Johns and any memorial activities in the city.

The Washington Post has some horrific info on the shooter here.

I’ve not been able to find much more about Mr. Johns but here’s a CBS piece with a little bit and several other details.

For the record, I’ve only read that the President was “saddened.” Not outraged?  Nothing else? At all? President Obama, you are going to have to do better – like the rest of.

UPDATE: A more complete statement from President Obama, time-stamped six hours after the incident:

I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world.

Today, we have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time.

2 thoughts on “[updated] Holocaust Museum shooting victim: Died to protect, save others

  1. The museum director, Sara Bloomfield, is a John Carroll graduate. I profiled her years ago when the museum opened, and she’s remained in charge ever since (more than 15 years, I think).

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