An 18-year-old girl has been named as one of the victims of the heinous murder suicide that took place in Phoenix on February 23. Kaitlin Buckner was killed along with her mother Kim, 49, father Vic, 50, and little sister, Emma, 6. Police in Arizona say that her brother 26-year-old Alex Buckner is the perpetrator. He was killed in a hail of gunfire as cops responded to the Buckner's family home at around 5:30 a.m. Her parents were declared dead at the scene while Kaitlin and her sister were rushed to a local hospital as responders tried to save their lives. Those attempts were unsuccessful. She passed away early on the morning of February 23 after being shot in the abdomen.
ABC Phoenix reports that responding officers described the scene as an "active shooter event" and that the house was on fire. When first responders tried to get close to the home to put out the flames, Alex Buckner, 26, fired on them. Phoenix police then put on tactical gear and carried fire hoses as they tried to put out the fire. Eventually, there was a lull in the fire. Around 45 minutes later more gunshots were heard and the fire began again. AZ Central reports that there was another exchange of fire between Buckner and cops. Once again, first responders attempted to put out the fire. Shortly after, police were able to enter the home where they discovered Alex Buckner dead.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton lauded the efforts of the emergency services. He told the media at the scene of the murder suicide that, "These are what heroes look like." Stanton later added that he was a "proud mayor" after a "job well done" by the first responders. While Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said, "We had police holding fire hoses ... this is a tragedy." Crump also said that, "Officers were getting shot at from the second floor of the home while they were trying to extinguish the fire and extract people from the house."
Here are the photos that help to celebrate Kaitlin Buckner's life, a life that was ended far too soon: