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A West Des Moines native who graduated from Valley High School and Iowa State University was shot and killed in a parking garage in Denver, according to authorities.
Emily Weikert, 25, was shot in a parking garage at an apartment complex Thursday morning at the Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, according to KCCI.
Police said Robert Lewis, 51, was considered a person of interest in the case.
His apartment in the Greenwood Village was surrounded by police for about three hours, KCCI reported. When officers went inside, they found him dead with a self-inflicted gunshot.
Police said he was Weikert's former co-worker and was terminated from his job for harassing her a few weeks ago, the station reported.
Weikert worked at CoBank. She was an intern at Aviva in Des Moines in 2008, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Weikert’s father, Rod Weikert, told the Denver Post today that his daughter had returned home to West Des Moines for Christmas with her boyfriend. She flew back to Denver on Christmas day, her dad told the newspaper.
“It was a nice visit,” Rod Weikert said to the Post. “At the airport I shed a tear and gave her a hug and that’s the last I ever saw her.”
Emily Weikert did not mention Lewis to her parents while she was home, the newspaper said.
The Des Moines Register reports Weikert graduated from Valley High School in 2005.
She graduated from Iowa State University in 2009 with a major in finance. She was the top student from her class in the school’s college of business, and was chosen as a student marshal by then-President Gregory Geoffroy for her commencement ceremony, Rick Dark, chairman of the accounting and finance departments, told the newspaper.
Dark got to know Weikert when he advised the university’s finance club.
“I always knew she was an exceptionally good student, and she was just exceptional all around,” he told the Register. “Having been at Iowa State for a number of years, I’ve been blessed to know a lot of exceptionally good young people, and she was one of the special ones.”