Jeannie VanVelkinburgh

 

Age: 41

 

Summary: good Samaritan who was shot in the spine and paralyzed in 1997 while trying to intervene in the racially-motivated attack and murder of African immigrant Oumar Dia by two skinheads, received numerous awards for her actions, but lived in constant pain and depression.

 

 

Cause of Death: Suicide by drug overdose

 

Born: April 22, 1961

 

Died: July 22, 2002

 

Location: Denver, Colorado