Olivia King was a regular parishioner at the Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, Tennessee, attending a service there Thursday morning just hours before she was killed in a shooting at a Kroger grocery store.
“Everyone has to look more like Olivia,” said Maureen Fraser, the vice-mayor of Collierville, who had been friends with Ms. King since they both moved to town in the mid-1990s. “Kind, generous. , caring, selfless. “
Ms Fraser said that one Christmas day Ms King gave her family an envelope full of cash, knowing Ms Fraser’s husband was unemployed.
Ms King’s husband died in 2005, Ms Fraser said, and she had lived with one of her three sons and children before they recently moved to Ohio.
“I can’t believe I’m typing this,” this son, Wes King, wrote on Facebook Thursday as he shared that the shooter shot his mother in the chest.
Rescuers attempted to use CPR on her to no avail, Mr King wrote, and she died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
“I apologize for the graphic details, but this type of crime must stop being glossed over and sanitized,” his son wrote. “Nobody deserves this.”
Ms King’s smile will never be forgotten, said a neighbor, Aahil Shermohammed.
“She always watched me for no reason,” he said, “and it was always nice when you were having a bad day to have someone like that smile at you.”