Ashli Babbitt was identified as the woman who was shot and killed by Capitol police during Trump supporters’ riot at the Capitol on January 6, according to the The New York Times. Ashli was among the throngs of rioters who descended on the Capitol following a rally led by President Donald Trump not far from the Capitol building. Ashli was one of four people who were died during the riot, however, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Police Chief Robert Contee explained that the three other individuals who died experienced “medical emergencies,” which were unspecified. Here are five things to know about Ashli.
1) She attended Trump’s rally on January 6 before joining rioters at the Capitol. Ashli took to her personal Twitter account on New Year’s Day, January 1, to announce that she would be attending Trump’s rally in Washington, D.C. “I will be in DC on the 6th! God bless America and WWG1WGA,” she wrote. The acronym Ashli used is a QAnon slogan which stands for, “Where We Go One, We Go All,” according to NPR. QAnon has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a group with a “wide-reaching conspiracy theory popular among a range of right-wing extremists.” They add that the movement has “marked undertones of antisemitism and xenophobia.”
2) Ashli was a United States Air Force Veteran. Ashli joined the military in 2004 and served until 2008, per NPR. She began her service in the Air Force reserve in 2008 and remained there until 2010, when she joined the Air National Guard until 2016. During her service, she received the Iraq Campaign Medal, which meant that she served in the Middle East country and supported the Iraq war.
5) She was from California. Ashli was from San Deigo, CA, where she lived with her husband and their dog.