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One of the protesters gunned down in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night has been identified as a 26-year-old skateboarder who friends say valued peace and died fighting against injustice.
Anthony Huber of Silver Lake, Wisconsin was one of two people killed Tuesday night after a rifle-wielding gunman opened fire and struck three people during a protest over the police shooting of a Black man Sunday, CBS 58 reports.
The suspect in the shooting has been identified as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who had allegedly aligned himself with a group of armed men who came out to support police and to supposedly protect property.
Huber's loved ones said he was trying to stop the gunman from shooting when he was killed.
“He is a peaceful person,” an unnamed friend told CBS 58. “He didn’t go out looking to beat people up. He’s more of a defender. And he put his life on the line for others. That’s what he did.”
Huber's partner, Hannah Gittings, said that he was known for his skateboarding skill and had skated semi-professionally in his teen years, CBS 58 reports.
Addressing protesters the night after Huber's death, Gittings tearfully mourned her partner, who was also her daughter's stepfather, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
“He was one of the most amazing people," she said. “He had so much love in his heart for this city. ... He took down an armed gunman with nothing but his f—ing skateboard, and he took that f—ing bullet.”
On Wednesday, those who knew Huber gathered at Basik Skate Park for a skating session in his honor, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Joseph “Jojo” Rosenbaum, 36, was also killed in Tuesday's shooting; 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz was left wounded, according to the Sun-Times.
This week's protests in Kenosha were prompted by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man struck seven times in the back while trying to get back in his vehicle following a scuffle with police. The shooting took place in full view of his children, who were waiting for him in the car. Blake's father said that the shooting has left him paralyzed from the waist down.
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