Jennifer Gray Golick, 42, is one of three female victims who was shot dead on Friday evening during a shooting/hostage crisis at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. Golick was a high-ranking psychologist at the Pathway Home, as well as a loving wife and mother.
The shooter has been identified as 36-year-old Army infantryman Albert Wong. He was found dead, along with the three victims, as authorities entered the room of the hostage crisis shortly before 6 P.M. Friday night. 42-year-old Jennifer Golick, a staff pathologist at The Pathway Home, was one of the deceased victims. The two other victims have been identified as 48-year-old Christine Loeber and 29-year-old Jennifer Gonzales.
The Pathway Home is located within the larger Veterans Home of California in Yountville. Each victim worked for The Pathway Home, which provides counseling services to veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“They lived their lives selflessly to serve others,” said Yountville Mayor John Dunbar. “Each of them brought energy, vitality, personality to their jobs and that’s so critical when we’re talking about supporting our veterans.”
Dunbar also called the three victims, “beautiful people.”
Who Is Jennifer Golick?
Jennifer Golick served as a staff pathologist at The Pathway Home. She is also a certified clinical director from St. Helena. Golick was employed at the teen treatment center at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services for five years before moving onto a job at The Pathway Home, according to Scott Sowle, the executive director at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services.
Sowle took to Facebook on Saturday to write that Golick had helped “countless families heal.”
“The boys at Muir Wood would literally line up at her office door waiting for her to arrive in the morning,” Sowle said, writing that Golick was “one of the brightest I’ve known, always with a big, warm smile and just the right words to say.”
Golick had a daughter named Makena and a husband named Mark. She had left Muir Wood in order to get closer to her family, according to Sowle.
“They were high school sweethearts,” Sowle said. “Family was everything to her. If there is a place where the best of us go after this life, Jennifer is most certainly there.”