For what appears to be the first time, Ashli Babbitt’s husband released a statement on the death of his wife, thanking everyone for the support and calling for justice.
Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year Air Force veteran, was shot and killed inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 by a U.S. Capitol Police officer. Unarmed, Babbitt was in the process of climbing through an adjoining window to a barricaded door when a plain-clothes officer stepped out of a nearby room and fired a shot without warning.
The shooting was captured on video and Babbitt, an avid Trump supporter, was seen falling backwards after the shot rang out. Blood poured from her mouth as people in the area desperately tried to render aid.
“We can’t begin to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support and generosity that’s been received, both from here in America, and honestly from around the world,” Aaron Babbitt wrote in an update to a GoFundMe account previously set up.
“It’s been a difficult three months without our Ashli. She’s missed in every minute, of every hour, of every day,” he continued. “The void is tremendous and overwhelming at times, but the love that’s been shown shows us that her name will not be forgotten.”
A heartfelt thank you from Aaron Babbitt for the overwhelming support and love Ashli's family has received:
— Justice For Ashli Babbitt (@ForAshli) April 1, 2021
The statement came on the heels of investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson calling attention to what she characterized as the unprecedented secrecy behind the name of the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt.
“I’ve never covered a case where a shooter’s name has been kept secret for any reason in all my years as a reporter,” she tweeted. “It’s considered public record; at least until now.”
Police investigators have reportedly recommended the officer not be charged in the case.
“We cannot, and will not, let her name be forgotten,” Babbitt’s husband said. “It will be etched in the history books of our future, honoring the life of an amazing woman taken from this world far too soon. This world is far from a better place without her, she had so much to offer and give.”
In thanking people, he wrote: “Your comments and donations have been a beautiful symphony to drown out the other noise, and have helped in ways we cannot express.”
In no uncertain terms, Aaron Babbitt let it be known how he feels about much of the media and stated unequivocally that his beloved wife was “murdered.”
“The world doesn’t know who she was to us, but that is what we cling to. Regardless of the bad reporting, and slanderous rhetoric, we know who our girl was,” he wrote. “We know OUR Ashli. Our Ashli that wanted nothing but to help people at their worst, and make the world a better place for everybody.
“A Combat Veteran, true American, a true Patriot, murdered and taken from the world far too soon,” the grieving husband added.
In the quest to bill the Capitol protest as a Trump-inspired attempt to overthrow the U.S. government, the media has described the protesters who stormed the building as “domestic terrorists” and “insurrectionists,” among other things.
Aaron Babbitt was also clear that the family seeks justice.
“A simple ‘thank you’ doesn’t begin to describe our gratitude, but it’ll have to suffice for the moment,” he concluded, “as we begin our long trek of bringing justice for our beautiful, magnanimous, larger than life Ashli.”
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