Remembering the January 6 Capitol Deaths From Brian Sicknick to Ashli Babbitt

January 6, 2022 marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riots, which saw rioters breach security and storm the building.

The attack saw the deaths of several people, including police officers.

The incident also saw former President Donald Trump be impeached by the House of Representatives on "the charge of incitement of insurrection," becoming the country's first-ever president to be impeached twice.

January 6 Capitol Riot Victims

Here we remember those who lost their lives following the January 6 Capitol riots.

Brian Sicknick

Sicknick, who joined the Capitol police in 2008, was injured while physically engaging with protesters at the Capitol, according to a police statement at the time.

The 42-year-old Iraq War veteran died the following day after collapsing upon returning to his division office. The medical examiner for Washington, D.C. said Sicknick, who suffered two strokes, died of natural causes.

Two men were arrested for allegedly assaulting Sicknick during the riots by spraying a chemical irritant into his eyes and face.

The officer's family released a statement on his death on January 11, describing him as "a lovely, humble soul."

"He loved his job with the U.S. Capitol Police, and was very passionate about it. He also had an incredible work ethic. He was very serious about showing up to work on time and refused to call out sick unless absolutely necessary," the statement said.

A memorial for Capitol officer Brian Sicknick.
A memorial seen in Washington, D.C. for Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol police officer who died from injuries following the U.S. Capitol riots in January 2021. Al Drago/Getty Images

Ashli Babbitt

The 35-year-old military veteran was shot by a law enforcement officer while entering the Speaker's Lobby inside the Capitol.

She began climbing through a broken window. Babbitt was shot in the left shoulder by the officer who fired once. She later died from her injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide by Washington, D.C.'s chief medical examiner.

In a statement last April, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. said an investigation into the shooting found "insufficient evidence" to support a criminal prosecution against the officer who shot Babbitt.

The statement said there was "no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully" committed an unlawful act.

Terrell Roberts, an attorney representing Babbitt's family, rejected the Department of Justice decision. Roberts stated at the time: "The actual evidence is this: the officer shot an unarmed woman who was not an immediate threat to him or any member of Congress. That is inconsistent with any claim of self-defense or the defense of others, period."

Kevin Greeson

The 55-year-old Alabama native and father of five was speaking to his wife on the phone when he fell onto the sidewalk during the Capitol riots.

According to his family, while Greeson was a Trump supporter, "he was not there [at the Capitol] to participate in violence or rioting, nor did he condone such actions."

He died of natural causes from hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the medical examiner.

Benjamin Phillips

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillips was a 50-year-old computer programmer from Ringtown, Pennsylvania who founded a pro-Trump website.

He drove a van of fellow supporters from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., the local newspaper reported.

Phillips also died of natural causes from hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, the medical examiner said.

Roseanne Boyland

According to her family, Boyland (who was among the protesters at the Capitol) aspired to be a sobriety counselor and followed QAnon conspiracies.

The death of the 34-year-old Georgia native—who died from acute amphetamine intoxication—was ruled an accident by Washington, D.C.'s chief medical examiner.

Howard Liebengood

Liebengood was among the four police officers who died by suicide following the insurrection.

The 51-year-old took his own life three days after the riot. An official cause of death was not announced but according to his widow, the officer was sleep-deprived in the days following the riots. He took his own life at home after a work shift. A family attorney also confirmed the death was by suicide.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted at the time: "Officer Howard Liebengood was a patriot who dedicated his life to defending the Capitol and protecting all who serve, work in and visit this temple of our Democracy."

Former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry paid homage to Liebengood, who used to guard the door near his office. The former presidential nominee tweeted at the time: "Howie always had a smile on his face, but he also showed great care for the safety of the young staff who worked behind our office doors."

Jeffrey Smith

Smith, from Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), also died by suicide after the Capitol riots.

During the insurrection, the 35-year-old officer was struck by a metal pole thrown by rioters that hit his helmet and face shield.

His wife Erin told the Washington Post last February that her husband "wasn't the same" in the days following the riots.

Smith was given a short medical leave but was told to return to work despite his wife later saying he was in considerable physical and emotional pain. He took his own life on January 15 last year.

Gunther Hashida

The 43-year-old MPD officer was assigned to the emergency response team within the special operations division and had helped secure the Capitol on January 6, an MPD spokesperson told CNN last August.

Married with three children, Hashida was a week away from celebrating his birthday when he took his own life last July following the Capitol riots.

Last August, the Washington Post reported an unnamed official familiar with the investigation of Hashida's death said the officer had struggles beyond January 6 that could have played a role in his suicide.

Kyle DeFreytag

The MPD officer was found dead on July 10 last year and the department confirmed he had died by suicide.

According to People, the 26-year-old officer helped enforce a curfew that was in place after the rioters stormed the Capitol.

According to an obituary, the officer enjoyed hiking, camping and riding his motorcycle as well as traveling and playing the drums and "always knew the best places to eat."

DeFreytag was described as "kind" person with a "quick wit and a great sense of humor," the obituary said.

At a press briefing on August 3 last year, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki honored Hashida and DeFreytag.

"I wanted to take a moment to recognize the passing of Metropolitan Police Officer Gunther Hashida and Officer Kyle DeFreytag — two officers who bravely defended the Capitol, both during and after the insurrection on January 6th," Psaki said at the time.

"Their deaths are a sad reminder of that shameful day in our country's history and of the physical and mental scars left on the officers who risked their lives to protect our Capitol and our democracy," she added.

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