Christine Loeber, executive director of the Pathway Home program for veterans, was one of the hostages at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, where a hostage situation turned tragic after the gunman and his last three hostages were found deceased. The Veterans Home was put on lockdown on Friday for more than seven hours after there were reports of an active shooter in the facility. It is not known if Loeber died in the hostage standoff, but it was reported that she was a hostage and executive director of the program that the gunman had been asked to leave. Here’s what you need to know about Christine Loeber.
1. Christine Loeber Was a Hostage at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville
#Yountville: State Sen. Bill Dodd said all of the hostages are employees who worked with the suspect in the Pathways program, including Executive Director Christine Loeber (pictured).
— SFGate (@SFGate) March 9, 2018
Christine Loeber, 47, was one of the hostages during a nearly seven-hour standoff at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. Reports indicated that the gunman, 36, entered the building during a party, took a number of people hostage, and then locked himself into a room with three hostages. Officials reported that after the gunman released some of his initial hostages, he and the last three remaining hostages were later found dead. Some reports indicated that one of the three hostages was executive director of the program, but the names of the hostages who died have not yet been released by law enforcement as of the time of publication. However, State Senator Bill Dodd did name Loeber as one of the last three hostages.
Napa Valley Register reported that the standoff was at the Pathway’s Madison Building on the Veterans Home grounds. Police, SWAT, ATF, and the FBI all responded.
2. The Pathway Home Helps Post-9/11 Veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Gulf War Deployments
The Pathway Home is a residential program working with post-9/11 veterans “affected by deployment-related stress.” Many members of the program have seen multiple combat deployments and are dealing with issues that impede their re-entry into civilian life, according to the website. According to the Pathway Program’s website: “The program is specifically focused on assisting soldiers who have returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and other Gulf War theaters. The program was started in 2008 on the grounds of Yountville’s Veterans Home and is located in the Madison Hall. Since opening the program the staff of 18 has treated almost 200 non-senior veterans averaging 40 residents at any one time. It operates solely on private donations and grants.”
The San Francisco Chronicle covered The Pathway Home in-depth in November 2017. Pathway is an independent non-profit that serves Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. (It is believed the gunman was a veteran from Afghanistan.) The program is supported by …read more