Participant in Ruby Ridge Standoff Randy Weaver Dead at 74
Is Randy Weaver dead? His daughter Sara Weaver answered the question and announced the sad news that her father Randy Weaver passed away on May 11, 2022, at the age of 74.
His death was revealed Thursday in a Facebook post by his daughter Sara Weaver, who lives near Kalispell, Montana. “Love you always Dad,” she wrote on her Facebook page alongside a picture of an older Randy and a smiling Sara.
Sara Weaver did not immediately reply to Facebook messages and email requests for information. Details of Randy Weaver’s death were not immediately available.
Randy Weaver whose full name was Randall Claude Weaver, was born on January 3, 1948, in Villisca, Iowa, U.S. He was a U.S. Army engineer known for his role in the Ruby Ridge standoff near Naples, Idaho, in 1992.
Randy, his family, and a friend named Kevin Harris engaged in an armed standoff with FBI agents and U.S. Marshals. During the standoff, Randy’s 14-year-old son Sammy was shot in the back and killed by a U.S. Marshal.
Harris shot and killed U.S. Marshal William Degan. Randy was later shot in the back by federal sniper Lon Horiuchi. Kevin Harris was shot by the same sniper. The bullet that wounded Kevin killed Weaver’s wife, Vicki, standing behind the door of his home. Vicki was holding her infant daughter.
Randy surrendered to federal officers 11 days after the incident began. Randy was charged with murder, assault, and conspiracy as well as other crimes. He was acquitted of all charges but for failing to appear in court for the original firearms charge.
He was sentenced to eighteen months in prison. The family received a total of $3,100,000 in compensation for the killing of Vicki and her son by federal agents.
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Is Randy Weaver Dead or Alive?
Thirty years after a deadly standoff in the Idaho mountains, Randy Weaver is dead, but his cause of death has not been announced at this time.
At age 20, Randy dropped out of community college and joined the U.S. Army in 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War. Weaver was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Randy returned to his hometown for a visit while on leave in 1970. A month after leaving the Army, Randy and Victoria Jordison tied the knot in a ceremony at the First Congregational Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1971.
He found work at a local John Deere factory and his wife worked first as a secretary and then as a homemaker. The standoff in the mountains near Ruby Ridge transfixed the nation in August of 1992.
In the 1980s, Weaver moved his family to northern Idaho to escape what he saw as a corrupt world. federal agents began investigating the Army veteran for possible ties to anti-government groups and white supremacists.
Randy was eventually suspected of selling a government snitch two illegal sawed-off shotguns. He holed up on his land near Naples, Idaho to avoid arrest.
A team of U.S. marshals scouting the forest on August 21, 1992, to find suitable places to ambush and arrest Randy came across his friend, Harris, and Weaver’s 14-year-old son Samuel in the woods.
Sara Weaver said that she is devastated each time somebody commits a violent act in the name of Ruby Ridge. Regarding the Oklahoma City bombing, she told The Associated Press in 2012 “It killed me inside. I knew what it was like to lose a family member to violence. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”
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