26-year-old Tiffany Johnson of Chisholm, MN wanted to see the world. She got to fulfill part of that dream as a missionary in Africa.
"She was a delightful young lady and one of the hardest workers I've ever seen," said Peter Warren, the director of the Youth With a Mission center in Arvada, Co, where Johnson worked.
Early Sunday, Johnson and fellow staff member Phil Crouse of Alaska, lost their lives, after being shot inside the center by a lone gunman.
At first, it looked as if Tiffany would pull through.
"Even after the shooting she was still able to talk. As as they got to the hospital, she was giving descriptions of this guy," Warren said. "And then they took her into surgery, and I guess one of the bullets had penetrated her heart."
Johnson's boyfriend, 24-year-old Dan Griebenow of South Dakota, is in critical condition after being shot in the neck. Another victim, 22-year-old Charlie Blanch, was shot in the leg and is expected to recover. Blanch's Facebook webpage says he is from Burnsville, MN.
A family friend said Johnson lived in Minneapolis a few years ago, while attending Anoka Community College, while making plans to travel the world.
"She really had a heart for people," Warren said. "I can't imagine anyone disliking Tiffany."
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