A Massachusetts teen has publicly identified her family members who were at the Capitol riot last Wednesday in a tweet.
Helena Duke, 18, called out her family members in a tweet by sharing a video of her mom, Therese Duke, getting punched in the face after allegedly trying to grab a woman’s phone.
“hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you?” Duke tweeted.
mom I think you mean to say that powerful black woman punched you for harassment… https://t.co/yITQZ5DWhT
— Helena Duke (@duke_helena) January 7, 2021
In the following tweet, she identifies her mother, along with her aunt and uncle, Richard Lorenz and Annie Lorenz, who went to the Capitol riot.
“I think a lot of it came from the fact that it was just very hypocritical, and what she was doing in this video was incredibly wrong,” Helena Duke told host Carol Off of As it Happens.
Duke said that her mother has lost her job following the incident. UMass Memorial, while not confirming the identity of the employee, said in a tweet that a “caregiver” has been fired for their involvement in the Capitol riots.
— UMass Memorial (@umassmemorial) January 8, 2021
Ashanti Smith, the woman who punched Therese Duke, started a GoFundMe that received more than $130,000 in donations. In the fundraiser description, she said she has been suspended from her job pending an investigation and is facing legal repercussions from the fight.
There have been dozen of arrests since the Capitol riots have occurred. FBI and local authorities are still looking through videos and pictures to identify more of the rioters.