Family member of woman killed at Capitol on Trump: He 'incited a riot that killed four of his biggest fans'
The family of a woman killed during Trump supporters' siege on the U.S. Capitol has released a statement in the wake of her death. On Thursday, Jan. 7, Rosanne Boyland's brother-in-law, Justin Cave, appeared on FOX-5 Atlanta to read a prepared statement on behalf of the woman's grieving family.
Cave shared the family's reaction as he criticized President Donald Trump for using his platform to incite violence. He also admitted that the family was against Boyland traveling to Washington for the "Save America" rally, but to no avail.
"Our family is grieving on every level for our country, for all the families that have lost loved ones or suffered injuries, for our own loss," Cave read. "We appreciate your prayers and ask for everyone to respect our family's privacy as we mourn her death."
At one point during the speech, Cave also leveled a personal message at Trump. He made it clear that the 34-year-old Kennesaw, Ga., native was likely one of his greatest supporters and now her family is left to mourn her death. He also admitted that he is, personally, in favor of invoking the 25th Amendment.
"I've never tried to be a political person but it's my own personal belief that the president's words incited a riot that killed four of his biggest fans last night and I believe that we should invoke the 25th Amendment at this time."
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The Boyland family's latest remarks come just one day after her friend Justin Winchell recalled the moments leading up to her death. During an interview with CBS-46, Winchell revealed he and Boyland drove from Georgia to Washington, D.C. to attend Trump's "Save America" rally.
"People were in there to start stuff, but it wasn't supposed to be a violent event," Winchell said.
As angry rioters began forcing their way into the U.S. Capitol, Winchell and Boyland were caught in the midst of the chaos when others began pushing people. Winchell admitted, "They basically created a panic, and the police, in turn, push back on them, so people started falling."
During the stampede, Boyland was pushed to the ground and trampled on. "I put my arm underneath her and was pulling her out and then another guy fell on top of her, and another guy was just walking [on top of her]," Winchell said. "There were people stacked 2-3 deep…people just crushed."
However, he still refused to blame Trump for the violence that ensued despite the president inciting the riot shortly before his supporters marched to the Capitol and interrupted the Electoral College certification. "She was killed by an incited event and it was not incited by Trump supporters," he said.
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