UPDATE, Friday, June 1, 10:50 a.m.: issued the following statement remembering Gloria Leonidas of Bellevue, killed Wednesday during a shooting rampage in downtown Seattle.
EvergreenHealth Remembers Foundation Board Member Gloria Leonidas
"EvergreenHealth lost a visionary leader, incredible fundraiser and dear friend in Gloria Leonidas this week. We grieve with Gloria’s family and each of the lives she touched through her important work with the EvergreenHealth Foundation and beyond.
Gloria was a distinguished and deeply respected member of the EvergreenHealth Foundation board from 2002 to 2012, where her creative energy and caring spirit helped define the vision of the foundation’s primary fundraiser, the annual Gala.
During her tenure on the Foundation board, Gloria touched many lives and her crowning legacy will be remembered by many as EvergreenHealth’s annual Gala, which is responsible for raising over $7.5 million to support the care of the Eastside community.
On behalf of a community who dearly loved her, including the entire EvergreenHealth organization, we express our deepest sympathies for the loss of Gloria and honor her life’s innumerable contributions which will benefit many generations to come."
A Bellevue woman killed in a carjacking during a Seattle shooting rampage that took the lives of five people was identified by multiple news sources Wednesday as Gloria Koch Leonidas.
According to the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, her daughters' Seattle school sent home a notice identifying her as a victim in the shootings, which took place in two different locations in Seattle.
Seattle police told the Seattle Times that the gunman was Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, of Seattle, who turned his gun on himself when he was confronted by police in West Seattle. He died Wednesday night.
Leonidas' husband, Tom Leonidas, declined to talk to the Seattle Times at length about his wife, saying that the family was not ready to talk.
According to her LinkedIn account, Leonidas worked in sales for Electrical Reps West. She was also active in the community and in 2010, served on the Board of Trustees for the Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising organization for EvergreenHealth and Hospital, according to the foundation's 2010 report.
Leonidas was the sixth person shot during a shooting spree that started at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cafe Racer in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood. Four of the people at Cafe Racer died of gunshot wounds during that shooting and one more was critically wounded.
Within an hour of that shooting, Leonidas was shot and killed and her Mercedes SUV taken from a parking lot at Eighth Avenue and Seneca Street near Town Hall in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood. Witnesses told KIRO that bystanders attempted to perform CPR on her after she was shot in the head.
The gunman dumped the SUV in West Seattle and then shot himself in the head after he was spotted by an officer, Seattle police told reporters Wednesday.
Seattle police told reporters that investigators connected the two shootings by witness descriptions of an item on his person that was spotted in both locations.