D.C. police on Thursday identified three individuals who died during violent rioting that led to an hours-long lockdown of the U.S. Capitol.
Police said Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Ga.; Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Ala.; and Benjamin Phillips, 50, of Ringtown, Pa., suffered medical emergencies.
Greeson’s wife, Kristi Greeson, said that her husband traveled to D.C. to show his support for Trump, but that his death was not related to the rioting.
“He was excited to be there to experience this event — he was not there to participate in violence or rioting, nor did he condone such actions,” she said in a statement on behalf of his family. “Kevin had a history of high blood pressure, and in the midst of the excitement, suffered a heart attack.”
The statement said that Greeson was “a wonderful father and husband who loved life,” and that the family is devastated.
“He loved to ride motorcycles, he loved his job and his co-workers, and he loved his dogs,” the statement said. “We are thankful for all of the thoughts and prayers and appreciate privacy at this time as we grieve.”
Philips, 50, was a computer programmer and an ardent supporter of President Trump.
He had helped to organize transportation for dozens of Trump supporters traveling from Pennsylvania to D.C., the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday. Several people who traveled with him said D.C. police called them on Wednesday evening to inform them that Philips had suffered a stroke and died at George Washington University Hospital.
“Everyone was shocked,” said Gordy Smith, a fellow Trump supporter from Honesdale, Pa.
Nicole Mun of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., said in a statement to the Washington Post that she was married to Philips from 1999 to 2004 but has had limited contact with him since. They share two teenage children.
“As my children are grieving and processing yesterday’s shocking events, I respectfully request privacy. I will have no further comment,” she said.
In an interview earlier this week with the Inquirer, Philips said he had lived for 25 years in Philadelphia before moving to Bloomsburg to care for his ailing mother. He used his expertise in computer programming to make several pro-Trump websites, including “The Scummy Democrats” and “Trumparoo.”
”There needs to be more uncensored spaces,” he said to a reporter on the way to Washington, hours before dying. “I envision a whole network of niche social networks based on interests."
In all, four people died during violent protests Wednesday. Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and avid Trump supporter from San Diego, was shot as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building and later died at a hospital.