The father of a bride-to-be shot dead in a Chicago hospital says his daughter was “a special person.”
“This is a very sad day, an impossible day for all of us,” Brian Less said of his 25-year-old daughter, Dayna, during a press conference Tuesday.
On Monday, Dayna, a first-year resident pharmacist at Chicago's Mercy Hospital, stepped out of an elevator and was shot by suspect Juan Lopez. Lopez killed two others, including his ex-fiance, before he died during a gunfight with police. It's not clear whether he took his own life or was killed.
“She was a very special person. She had unique gifts. She was intelligent,” Less said of his daughter. “She was funny she was kind. She was a good friend.
"She loved helping others. She was good at her job because it helped others," he added.
Dayna was planning her wedding next June to her childhood sweetheart, Adam Keric.
“Adam's heart is broken, as all of ours are broken,” her father said.
Dr. Tamara O'Neal, an ER specialist at Chicago's Mercy Hospital, had called off her wedding next month to Lopez. He allegedly shot her six times in the parking lot of the hospital before running inside the hospital and opening fire.
Heart-stopping video shows a SWAT team swarming a hospital corridor in search of Lopez. Chicago cop Samuel Jimenez, 28, was gunned down while bravely confronting the gunman.
“This tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and the consequence of evil,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference Monday.