Alabama family man who died during riots in DC says 'he was not there to indulge in violence'
The family of an Alabama man who died at the capitol during the violence on Wednesday says he was not involved in the protests, but went to express his support for President Trump.
One of the four people who died during the U.S. riots on Wednesday was Kevin Greeson, of Athens, Ala. That Capitol. Greeson, 55, was one of three who died of medical problems. Police also shot and killed a woman from California.
Kristi Greeson emailed a statement to WKRG News 5, the sister station of CBS 42, saying, "He was excited to be there to experience this event-he was not there to engage in violence or rioting, nor did he condone such actions." His wife says he had a history of high blood pressure and suffered a heart attack, "our family is devastated." At this time, as we grieve, we are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers and respect privacy.
"Kevin was a wonderful father and husband who loved life," Mrs. Greeson goes on to say. He loved riding bikes, he loved his work, he loved his friends, and he loved his pets.
See the family statement in its entirety below:
"On behalf of Kevin Greeson's family:
Kevin was a great husband and father who loved life. He loved riding bikes, he loved his work, he loved his friends, and he loved his pets.
Kevin was President Trump's advocate and attended to demonstrate his support at the event on January 6, 2021. He was thrilled to be there to see this incident-he was not there to partake in violence or rioting, nor did he condone those practices.
Kevin has a history of elevated blood pressure and suffered a heart attack in the middle of the excitement. It's ruined our family. At this time, as we grieve, we are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers and respect privacy.