What we know about the victims of the Fifth Third Center shooting
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The three men killed at the Fifth Third Center were remembered Friday as hardworking and kind.
The youngest was Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25. He was a consultant for Fifth Third Bank for three years and had moved to the United States from India. He had worked on his master's degree in California. One of his friend's told Local 12 News that his parents were notified of his death early Friday morning and they wanted his body returned to India immediately.
"Our hearts break for all the victims who perished in Cincinnati yesterday, especially for the family of Pruthviraj Kandepi - a 25-year-old consulate of 5/3 Bank who is from India. 5/3 Bank has been a tremendous member of the IACC, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families, colleagues and friends today," said Daniel Rajaiah, a spokesperson for the Indian-American Chamber of Commerce.
One of his friends wrote on Facebook: "He is the only son with a sister to his family. Why has this happened to him?"
Luis Felipe Calderon had worked in management for a year at Fifth Third Bank. He was 48 and moved to the area from out of state in 2017. He lived at an apartment complex in Union Township but moved recently.
"Luis Calderon, was a resident of Fox Chase North. He was a lovely man who always had a kind word and smile for our staff. He enjoyed several of our community events and made many friends while with our community," said Tera Lung, a leasing manager at the apartment complex where Calderon used to live.
Rick Newcomer, 64, was a construction worker at Gilbane. He was working on a project for CBRE, a company that contracts with Fifth Third. His wife did not wish to speak with Local 12 Friday, but Mayor John Cranley said he had reached her by phone.
"She told me that her husband was a construction worker at Turner Gilbane for 30 years and that he built this city. The buildings that we live in and work in, he helped construct. He loved the city; he loved the Bengals," Mayor Cranley said.
Whitney Austin is a mother of two who works for Fifth Third Bank in Louisville. Her husband told the Louisville Courier Journal that she was shot 12 times and walked into the gunfire Thursday morning.
Austin's husband said she was grateful to the police officers who carried her out of the building and that she was stable at UC Medical Center.
Brian Sarver was working at the Fifth Third Center Thursday for CBRE and was also wounded. He was recovering Friday at UC Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson said one patient was in serious condition and another was in fair condition, but it was not clear which patient was in serious or fair condition.
"Yesterday was a sad day for everyone at CBRE. Our colleague, Brian Sarver, was performing work for our client, Fifth Third, on site and was a victim of the shooting. After undergoing emergency surgery, he is recovering. We are monitoring Brian's progress and supporting his family at this extremely difficult time," said a statement from a CBRE spokesperson. "CBRE offers our deepest sympathies to the family of Rick Newcomer, an employee of a contractor for CBRE, and sends our thoughts and prayers to Brian, his family and everyone who has been touched by this tragic incident."