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Thousands remember women killed by army veteran at Yountville care facility

Thousands remember women killed by army veteran at Yountville care facility
Yountville Mayor John Dunbar speaks at a service in remembrance of the three women who were killed by a combat veteran this month at the Veterans Home of California. (J.L. Sousa / Associated Press)

About 2,000 former soldiers, healthcare workers and family and friends celebrated the lives of three women killed more than a week ago by a combat veteran who barged into a farewell party for an employee at a veterans' care facility.

The somber crowd packed a theater Monday on the sprawling tree-lined campus of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, to honor Christine Loeber, Jennifer Gray Golick and Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba.

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The women worked at the Pathway Home, which counseled veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome and brain injuries sustained in deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Authorities say 36-year-old Albert Wong fatally shot the women and then killed himself. The women at the Napa Valley facility had tried to help Wong before he was expelled from the program.

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