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An Iraq Vet And A Mother Of 2 Were Victims Of Planned Parenthood Shooting

The two civilians killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday were Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, according to local media reports.

The attack, which lasted several hours, also killed police officer Garrett Swasey, a father of two. Suspect Robert Lewis Dear is in custody. Dear referenced "baby parts" when he spoke to police after the attack, but police stress that his motives are still unclear.

Police have confirmed that two civilians were killed in the shooting, but have not released the names.

Ke'Arre Stewart, 29, was an Army veteran who served one tour in Iraq, reports The Denver Post. He was originally from Texas, the newspaper says, and leaves behind two children.

His wife told KKTV that all the family wants is justice. On Facebook, Stewart's sister asked for help and support for the family.

"He was caring, giving, funny and just a damn good person," Stewart's friend Amburh Butler wrote on a GoFundMe page raising money for his funeral expenses.

Jennifer Markovsky, born in Waianae, Hawaii, also leaves behind two children, reports Hawaii News Now.

"Her family said she was at the Planned Parenthood clinic supporting a friend," HNN reports. "Her friend was shot in the hand."

Markovsky, 36, was "a stay-at-home mom who was devoted to her children," reports the Denver Post. She leaves behind a young son, daughter and her husband, her family tells the paper.

Markovsky's father, John Ah-King, says she was "the most lovable person," the paper reports:

"I couldn't believe it," Ah-King said through sobs. "I just messaged her Thursday to say happy Thanksgiving."

Garrett Swasey, the police officer killed in the attack, also leaves behind two children, a son and a daughter.

Swasey was a successful ice skater before he became a police officer, his wife said in a statement.

"Helping others brought him deep satisfaction and being a police officer was a part of him," she wrote. "In the end, his last act was for the safety and wellbeing of others and was a tribute to his life."

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