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The four victims killed in this week’s mass shooting at an Oklahoma hospital are being remembered for their care and heroism.
A gunman, Michael Louis, allegedly opened fire at Tulsa's Saint Francis Hospital campus on Wednesday after getting angry at his doctor following back surgery. He reportedly blamed the physician for his ongoing pain.
He killed that doctor — Dr. Preston Phillips — as well as Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn and patient William Love before dying by suicide, CNN reports.
Dr. Preston Phillips
Phillips, an orthopedic surgeon, is remembered for caring about his patients.
"Dr. Phillips was the consummate gentleman. He was — is — a man that we should all strive to emulate," Dr. Cliff Robertson, president and CEO of Saint Francis Health System, told reporters at a Thursday press conference on Thursday.
He said he found it “mind-blowing” that Phillips was targeted.
“He's one of those folks that, you know, his clinic cannot always be on time because he will spend every minute with patient that they need," Roberston said. "He is one of those doctors that was cut from the cloth of ... how he felt about people and how he felt about his calling. And so not only is it a shock, it is the ultimate loss for Saint Francis and for Tulsa."
Glenn is remembered as a hard-working receptionist and a mother of two boys — "mama's boys," her friend Amy Pennington told CNN. She called her one of the"proudest mothers," that Pennington has ever met.
"She was a hard worker, kind soul, and would do anything for you," Pennington said.
Tulsa police said that she “always put everyone else first.” She worked in the medical field for nearly 20 years.
Dr. Stephanie Husen
Dr. Husen was an orthopedic surgeon who also practiced sports medicine. She "was an incredible person," Robertson said.
Her former husband, John Reckenbeil, told The Washington Post that Husein was "completely genuine" and "the smartest person in the room."
Still, she never looked down on others.
Her former employee Cindy Henry-Welch told Tulsa World that "some doctors have that personality where they’re just a little bit better than the rest of us — but Dr. Husen was down to earth and the sweetest person.”
During the presser, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin noted that Love, a patient at the hospital, died trying to save others.
"The patient victim held a door closed, I believe is the information I have, to allow someone to escape out of another door," he said.
He noted that the suspect “began firing at anyone who was in his way. There are reports that one of the victims held a door for someone to allow them to escape out of the back door and was shot and killed.”
Robertson told Love’s family that “our heart breaks for you.”
“To the family of Mr. Love, I'm so sorry we couldn't save you,” he said. “We are grieving with you."
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