A look at the dead and the wounded in Sunday's shootings at a megachurch and a missionary training school in Colorado:
At one time, Philip Crouse was a skinhead and got into trouble for drinking and using drugs. Then he found religion. Crouse, 24, started attending Peters Creek Christian Center in the Anchorage, Alaska, area, those who knew him said. "Whenever somebody asks me to give a specific situation where a kid's life has been changed or transformed, I always think of Phil, because he had such a radical transformation of life," Pastor Zach Chandler told the Anchorage Daily News. Missionary work was Crouse's ultimate goal, Chandler said. He was particularly interested in working in Kazakhstan. Kim Branson, of Eagle River, Alaska, told The Associated Press that Crouse lived with her family a few years ago. He became a staffer for Youth With a Mission in Arvada, Colo., late last year.Crouse had helped build a foster home at a Crow reservation in Montana, said Ronny Morris, who works with a Denver chapter of the mission.Crouse, who was killed at a missionary training center in Arvada, "was just on fire for God. He loved to talk about God," Branson said.
The well-liked Tiffany Johnson loved working with children and wanted to see the world, a friend said. Johnson, 26, was already well on her way to seeing the world -- she had traveled to Egypt, Libya and South Africa with a missionary group. "She was friendly, adventurous and a definite leader," family friend Carla Macynski said. Johnson, the director of hospitality at the training center, died in the shooting in Arvada. Johnson grew up in Chisholm, Minn., and graduated from high school in nearby Hibbing in 1999. She earned an associate degree from Anoka Community College, then worked as a nanny before joining Youth With a Mission. "She especially liked working with children ... She was looking forward to being a mother," Macynski said.Johnson had big dimples and was liked and loved by everybody, said Youth With A Mission Denver director Peter Warren.Her boyfriend, was wounded in the shooting.
Stephanie And Rachael Works
Stephanie and Rachael Works were outgoing, cheerful, faithful and smart, their uncle said. Stephanie, 18, and Rachael, 16, of Denver, were killed in the shooting at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Their father, David Works, was injured in the attack. The sisters were involved in a summer outreach organized by New Life Church and a Youth With a Mission ministry that rents space on the New Life campus. "It teaches you that life is precious," the girls' uncle, Mark Schaepe of Lincoln, Neb., told The Gazette of Colorado Springs.
David Works, 51, a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, was an early champion of recognizing the descendants of Sally Hemings, the president's house slave and alleged lover, as members of the Jefferson family, his friend and cousin said. Works attended a reunion of white descendants of Jefferson and descendants of slaves and others. "He just reached his arms out to me" at the reunion, Shay Banks-Young of Columbus, Ohio, said. "He opened the door to his heart and said, 'We're cousins."' Works, who was shot in the abdomen and groin, was in fair condition Monday. "You can imagine, as parents, losing two children coming to church, showing up for a worship service, not bothering anyone," said New Life Senior Pastor Brady Boyd. "This is a very godly family, a family that serves our church. One of the young girls just returned from overseas on a mission trip. They're very committed."
Charlie Blanch has an offbeat sense of humor, a pastor said.Blanch, 22, of Burnsville, Minn., was wounded in the legs in the shooting in Arvada. The Rev. Jerry Strandquist, pastor at a Bloomington, Minn., church where Blanch worked as a janitor, told the AP that he spoke on the phone with Blanch on Monday. "I think he's still trying to sort out what happened. He hasn't had a lot of time to think about it," Strandquist said.
Dan Griebenow is known as a snowboarding missionary, his sister said. Griebenow, 24, who was wounded in the neck in the Arvada shooting, was in critical but stable condition at Denver Health Medical Center. He snowboards and sang with a Christian heavy metal band in South Dakota before enrolling two years ago in the missionary training program in Arvada, his sister, Becky Griebenow, told the Rocky Mountain News.
Larry Boubonnais confronted gunman Matthew Murray at New Life Church and was shot in the arm. Murray "had shot a couple out in the parking lot and by the time I got there, he had entered the two doors on the northeast side," Boubonnais told KUSA-TV. "I kept saying to the security guard, 'Give me your handgun, I'm going to take him out."' The guard, Jeanne Assam, then shot Murray. Boubonnais said he was in a cafeteria when he heard the gunfire. "I jumped out, got his attention and called him a name. And then he just looked at me and then he started to shoot me and so when I realized that, I jumped back," said Boubonnais, "and all I got were two pellets in my arm so I thought, 'Well, I'll jump out again,' and then I noticed the lady to my right. He shot a few times. She shot a few." "I told her that's the bravest thing I've ever seen and she said, 'I was just praying. It was the Holy Spirit to help me do this right.' That was pretty powerful stuff, very, very brave."