Ashli Babbitt: US Air Force veteran who lost her life in riots

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image copyrightTwitter/Ashli Babbittimage captionMs Babbitt was a vocal supporter of President Trump

The day before she died, Ashli Babbitt wrote on social media about the upcoming gathering of Trump supporters in the US capital.

"Nothing will stop us," she wrote. "They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours."

Ms Babbitt, 35, was among the mob which breached the US Capitol on Wednesday. She has been identified by US Capitol Police as one of four people who died amid the chaos.

A veteran of the US Air Force, Babbitt served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq before later deployments with the National Guard to Kuwait and Qatar, her ex-husband Timothy McEntee told US media.

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A native of San Diego, California, Ms Babbitt had recently remarried, and worked at a pool service company with her husband, Aaron Babbitt.

On social media, Ms Babbitt described herself as a libertarian and a patriot. She posted frequently about President Donald Trump, expressing ardent support for the president and echoing his unproven claims of wide-scale voter fraud.

"She had a personality that you either loved or hated," Mr McEntee told NPR. "She wasn't apologetic about it… she was proud of it, just like she was proud of her country and proud to be an American."

In September, Ms Babbitt posted a photo from a boat parade for Mr Trump in San Diego wearing a shirt that said "We are Q" – referring to QAnon – the far-right, completely unfounded conspiracy theory that says Mr Trump is battling a clandestine war against Satan-worshipping paedophiles.

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