Kate Nixon was a fixer.
As a supervisor in the public utilities department for a decade, she solved problems for the city and was described as logical and level-headed.
So when she told her husband, Jason, that she had concerns about two of her co-workers, he knew it was serious. She didn’t like to be around DeWayne Craddock, a fellow engineer — he gave off “real bad vibes” and she’d had to write him up several times for issues with performance and attitude. They both worked on the second floor of Building 2 in the Municipal Center.
But on the night of May 30, it was another man she was most worried about. Kate told her husband that the man, whom Jason Nixon declined to identify, was set to be fired Friday and there was supposed to be a police escort on scene when it happened. While cooking dinner, she expressed her concerns.
“She said, ‘This guy’s going to come back and shoot the place up,’ ” Jason Nixon said. He encouraged his wife to hide a pistol in her purse and take it to work — she had training and knew how to use it — but she didn’t want to break city policy forbidding employees from bringing weapons to work.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on May 31, it was Craddock who opened fire in Building 2, killing Kate and 11 others.
Her family is now pushing the city for answers. An attorney and longtime family friend has sent the city an email on their behalf requesting officials release all records related to the gunman and launch an independent investigation.
The city said the family’s calls for an outside probe “appear premature” with the criminal investigation still ongoing. A spokeswoman did not return a request for comment Tuesday morning.
“My wife’s dead,” said Nixon. “When’s the right time going to be?”