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Fri, 8 Jan, 2021

Trump supporter killed during US Capitol rioting identified

Trump supporter killed during US Capitol rioting identified

Just before Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt was shot dead at the US Capitol after breaking in, she took to Twitter to share her reasons for doing so.

“Nothing will stop us … they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours … dark to light!” wrote the 35-year-old.

While she predicted a storm correctly, she probably didn't expect to pay the ultimate price in the end, as she fought to keep Donald Trump in office as President.

She was killed after breaking into the Capitol Building during the electoral college vote to confirm Joe Biden's win, and her death has caused outrage throughout America.

DC Police Chief Robert Contee revealed she had been shot by US Capitol Police.

Footage of the graphic shooting began circulating on the internet.

She was later removed from the building on a stretcher and died in hospital later in the day, according to officials.

Ms Babbitt was identified to KUSI-TV by husband Aaron, who said she was extremely dedicated to Trump and was a veteran of 14 years.

Ms Babbitt's mother-in-law Robin Babbitt spoke to the New York Post about the family loss.

“I’m numb. I’m devastated. Nobody from DC notified my son and we found out on TV,” Robin Babbitt said, adding her son’s wife was “a Trump supporter”.

Ms Babbitt's death prompted angry reactions from the American public.

“When Black people are shot dead by police, there is a postmortem character assassination.

When a white woman is killed by police storming the Capital, there is character redemption,” wrote Harvard professor CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Cornell William Brooks on Twitter.

“Every news story refers to #AshliBabbitt not as an #insurrectionist, but a veteran.”

Twitter uses said they had "zero sympathy" for a "terrorist" killed while taking part in "insurrection".

“Play stupid games win stupid prizes,” one wrote, while another posted: “How’d it work out for you? Was it worth it?”