A remarkable confidant of the state governor, a cherished grandmother, and a revered leader were among the individuals who tragically lost their lives in a devastating mass shooting at a bank in Kentucky.
As friends and family share heartfelt tributes online, the community grieves the loss of these extraordinary individuals.
Governor Andy Beshear expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy, acknowledging the incredible impact that the victims had on their community. He referred to them as “amazing people” who will be dearly missed.
Law enforcement officers took swift action to neutralize the 25-year-old gunman, who was subsequently shot and killed.
Governor Beshear spoke with heartfelt appreciation about his close friend, Tommy Elliot, acknowledging his immense contribution to his legal career, his role as governor, and his guidance on fatherhood.
“One of the people I confided in the most, and our conversations rarely revolved around my job. He was an extraordinary friend,” shared Governor Beshear.
In one of Mr. Elliot’s recent Facebook posts, he expressed support for Andy Beshear during his gubernatorial campaign in 2019, further exemplifying their strong bond.
Mr. Elliot had previously served as the chairman of the board at Baptist Health Louisville, a hospital in the community. Baptist Health president Larry Gray described him as a beloved friend to many, with a deep commitment to improving the local community and fostering a thriving environment.
Mr. Elliot also held the position of senior vice-president at Old National Bank, further showcasing his impressive professional accomplishments and contributions to the community.
Juliana Farmer, 45
Ms. Juliana Farmer was not only a devoted mother and grandmother, but she also eagerly shared her joy on Facebook just a day before her tragic passing, announcing the impending arrival of her fifth grandchild in September.
Her grieving son, J’yeon Christopher Chambers, expressed his heartbreak on Facebook, grappling with the devastating loss of his beloved mother, stating, “Like what am I supposed to do now. They took my [expletive] mom!”
Ms. Farmer’s uncle, Michael Williams, paid a heartfelt tribute to his beautiful and sweet niece, expressing the profound pain he felt in his broken heart.
A close friend, Brentney Owsley, also shared a poignant message on Facebook, reminiscing about Ms. Farmer’s qualities as the best mom, friend, grandma, and listener, and highlighting that she had so much life ahead of her.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms. Farmer worked as a loan analyst at the bank, showcasing her professional accomplishments alongside her cherished roles as a mother and grandmother.
Joshua Barrick, 40
He was a devoted husband and father of two, and an active member of Holy Trinity Parish.
The local media reported that the church held a solemn service on Monday evening to honor his life, which was attended by numerous members of the community.
Pastor Shayne Duval, speaking at the service, expressed the shock and disbelief felt by Mr. Barrick’s family and the community as a whole. “I’ve been with his wife. I’ve been with his children. I’ve been with his brother and members of this community,” he shared. “Everyone is just kind of walking around in a fog like, ‘Did this just really happen?'”
Pastor Duval described Mr. Barrick as a charismatic and charming individual who volunteered as a basketball coach for elementary school students, highlighting his generous and selfless nature.
In a heartfelt tribute on Facebook, Holy Trinity Parish conveyed their deep sorrow and sense of loss, stating, “Our hearts are heavy, they are broken, and we are searching for answers.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Barrick held the position of senior vice-president of commercial real estate banking at Old National Bank and was an alumnus of Xavier University. His untimely passing has left a void in his family, church, and community.
James Tutt, 64
Originally from Frankfort, Kentucky, Mr. Tutt held the esteemed position of market executive for the southern region at Old National Bank, as indicated on his LinkedIn profile. He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Kentucky, as evident from his social media accounts.
A former colleague, Laura Dement, expressed her profound grief on Facebook, stating, “Heartbroken is the only word I can use to describe how I feel. I really don’t have words to describe the depth of the feelings.” She had the privilege of working alongside Mr. Tutt for three years, and his loss has deeply affected her.
Another individual, Mike Balog, paid tribute to Mr. Tutt on Facebook, acknowledging him as a good man, father, and boss. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity Mr. Tutt provided him with, by offering an internship at Bank One and introducing him to the world of banking. Mr. Tutt’s absence is already keenly felt and missed by those who knew him.
Deana Eckert, 57
Ms. Eckert’s passing was shared by the Louisville Metro Police Department in a late-night announcement on Monday.
According to local reporter Shay McAlister, Ms. Eckert’s family revealed that she had undergone several surgeries on the day of the incident, but unfortunately did not survive.
As per her Facebook profile, Ms. Eckert originally hailed from Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
She held the esteemed position of Executive Administrative Officer at Old National Bank, where her exceptional performance and embodiment of the bank’s values earned her the ONe Vision Annual Award in 2019. Colleagues had nominated her for this recognition, citing her consistent outperformance of expectations.
Ms. Eckert’s untimely demise is a profound loss felt by her loved ones and the community.