From his early days growing up in a New Jersey hamlet, Brian 西尼克 wanted to be a police officer.
“His brother told me, ‘Brian did his job,’” said John Krenzel, the mayor of 西尼克’s hometown of South River, New Jersey.
The Capitol Police said in a statement that 西尼克 was injured “while physically engaging with protesters." During the struggle, 西尼克, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, two law enforcement officials said. The officials could not discuss the 上going investigation publicly and spoke to the Associated Press 上 condition of anonymity.
西尼克 was the youngest of three boys growing up in South River, a small borough of about 16,000 people in central New Jersey, 20 miles from Staten Island. He graduated from the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School in East Brunswick, New Jersey, in June 1997.
Superintendent Dianne Veilleux said school records show 西尼克 wanted to be in law enforcement. The school will honor him by planting an oak tree 上 campus to symbolize his strength.
After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, 西尼克 became a vocal critic of the war, writing several letters to the editor of the local 新闻paper that sharply criticized former President George W. Bush for his management of the effort. In 上e July 2003 letter, published five months before his formal discharge, he said that “our troops are stretched very thin, and morale is dangerously low among them.”
In a statement issued Friday, 西尼克’s family said he “wanted to be a police officer his entire life” and had joined the Guard “as a means to that end.”
A biography issued by his family says 西尼克 cared for rescued Dachshunds in his spare time and rooted for the New Jersey Devils hockey team. He is survived by his parents, Charles and Gladys 西尼克, his brothers Ken and Craig, and his longtime girlfriend, Sandra Garza.
On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities in honor of 西尼克, saying he “embodied the selfless spirit of his native state.”
“Officer 西尼克 gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection," Murphy said. "他无意中被推翻了他一生奉行的宪法的暴民所杀。这令人震惊。我热切希望能够迅速查明直接导致其死亡的暴徒并将其绳之以法。”