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.

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.