Four Dead in Louisville Bank Shooting Were Suspect's Colleagues, Governor's Friends

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(Reuters) - Four people were shot to death in a shooting in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday. Two of them were close friends with Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Governor.

Police identified the victims as Joshua Barrick (40), Thomas Elliot (63), Juliana Farmer (45), and James Tutt (64).

"I have a very close friend who didn’t make it today. "And I have another friend who didn’t," Beshear, a visibly emotional Beshear, told reporters Monday during a press conference.

Elliott was a senior vice-president of Old National Bank, whose downtown Louisville branch was the victim of Monday's attack. In 2019, he was the chair of Beshear’s inaugural committee.

Beshear stated, "He helped me to become governor," while describing Elliott "an amazing friend."

Elliott was also the chair of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board and was appointed by Steve Beshear's father, a former governor.

Barrick's LinkedIn profile revealed that he was the senior vice-president of commercial real estate banking at Old National Bank. He had been with the bank for less than one year.

Holy Trinity Parish Louisville, his church, announced on Facebook that he was still with his wife and children. It held a celebration on Monday to celebrate Josh's life, and to love and support his family during this difficult time.

Farmer's LinkedIn page indicated that she was a loan analyst at this bank. Tutt, who was the oldest of the victims and a Kentucky resident, served as a realty market executive at Old National Bank for approximately 10 years.

Police identified the suspect as Connor Sturgeon (23), who was a full-time employee of the Old National Bank's downtown branch. Nine others were also wounded in Monday’s shootings, along with the four victims.