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Hawaii woman killed in Planned Parenthood shooting remembered as loving wife, mother

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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Waianae woman killed Friday in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado is being remembered as a loving wife and mother.

Jennifer Markovsky, a 1997 Waianae High School graduate, was at the clinic in Colorado Springs to support a friend, who was shot in the hand.

In a statement Monday, Markovsky's husband, Paul, called his wife a "caring and compassionate person and patient and understanding parent."

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of my wife," he said. "She was always helping the kids do homework and reading books with them. We will miss her; her cooking, crafting and adventurous spirit. We ask for privacy now as we try to begin the grief and healing process."

Hawaii residents are also remembering Markovsky.

Her father, John Ah King, took to Facebook over the weekend to mourn his daughter's loss.

"Life was too short my beloved daughter," he wrote. "I was waiting to see you soon."

Joey Bautista, who lives next door to Markovsky's childhood home in Waianae, where her father and grandmother still reside, said she used to babysit Markovsky. 

Bautista was still dealing with the news Sunday.

"Wow," she said, then paused and looked into the distance. "That's a trip."

Bautista grew up with Markovsky and remembers her well, even after Markovsky moved away and didn't visit that frequently. 

"Everybody loved her," said Bautista, who added that she was an outgoing person. "You ask her for something, you ask her for help, she helped."

Markovsky's family has strong roots in Waianae. When she was young, she worked in the produce department at Tamura Super Market. Her mother, Judy, still works there as a clerk.

"Her family's awesome. They're good, kindhearted people," said Cheyenne Yadao, who works with Markovsky's mother and also is friends with one of her sisters. Yadao said everyone at the local grocery store was shocked at the news.

"If your family's here and you get someone on the mainland, you don't expect that, anywhere," said Yadao. "No one really expects something so tragic to happen."

"Last time I saw her she was smiling," said Bautista. "Having good fun."

Three people were killed in the Colorado Springs shooting, and police have identified the shooter as Robert Lewis Dear.

After his arrest, Dear, 57, said "no more baby parts," according to a law enforcement official. Planned Parenthood cited witnesses as saying the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion.

Members of Markovsky's family have asked for privacy, saying they are "handling the tragedy together as a family."

A family friend has started a website to raise money for funeral expenses and future child care needs for her two young children. Markovsky was living in Colorado Springs with her husband, who is in the U.S. Army Reserves.

The friend who started the website writes, "Jennifer was a loving wife and mother of two young children. She enjoyed making crafts with the children and baking. She also had a truly heart-felt compassion for helping others and Friday was no exception."

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