As the Denver subway community mourns those lost in Monday’s shooting, those who knew Sarah Steck remember her as a “badass” artist loved by everyone she has. met.
Steck, 28, was one of five people killed in a series of shootings in Denver and Lakewood. Police said Steck was shot while working as a hotel clerk at Hyatt House in Belmar Mall. Steck was rushed to hospital, where she died on Tuesday.
Unlike the other victims, police said they believed the gunman was not targeting Steck, but rather the hotel where she worked. Steck was the youngest of the five people killed.
“Colleagues and guests knew Sarah for her infectious laughter and her love of kittens, art and music – especially Blink 182,” said Andra Alvarez, General Manager of Hyatt House. “But above all, Sarah loved her boyfriend, family and friends. She will be sorely missed.
In addition to working at the hotel, Steck was a graphic designer who ran a small business called Sarah Steck Alternative Designs. Steck graduated in the spring from the Communication Design Program at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
On her business website, Steck wrote that she had “always felt different from the people around me” for her interests and looks, but learned not to be afraid to stand out. She wrote that she wanted her clients to feel “comfortable being their real, authentic selves” with her art.
Peter Miles Bergman, associate professor of art at MSU Denver, wrote about Steck on Facebook, asking people to spell or blow up punk rock in his honor.
“(She) was an artist and a designer, a super hip woman, a badass, a punk rocker, had a lot of character, was super sweet,” Bergman wrote. “She was one of us and we are heartbroken by this tragedy.”
Michelle Hektor, who said she was a frequent visitor to the Hyatt House, said Steck would tell hotel guests about her passion for art.
“Sarah Steck was a gentle, energetic and hardworking Hyatt House employee,” Hektor wrote on Twitter. “During my visits, we talked about his dream of marketing and graphic arts. … I’m heartbroken that Sarah was killed. “
Devan Romero, who has said Steck is his best friend, started a fundraiser for Steck’s family on Wednesday. By 2:30 p.m., GoFundMe had raised over $ 9,000.
Romero said the money will go to Steck’s family to help pay for funeral expenses and unforeseen bills, adding that Steck “was loved and touched the lives of so many.”
Steck’s art portfolio can be found at sarahsteckdesigns.com.