The three women who dedicated their lives to treating military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress were described as “brave woman” after they were gunned down by an ex-patient of the care program they worked in.

Police said a gunman- afterward identified as Albert Wong, 36, of Sacramento- managed around 10:30 a.m. Friday to discreetly enter a going-away party for an employee of Pathway Home, a privately run care program housed at Veterans Home of California-Yountville.

Wong comprised the three women captives and sparked a virtually eight-hour standoff with police.

At around 6 p. m ., authorities detected the organs of the three women- identified as Christine Loeber, 48, executive director of the program; Jennifer Golick, 42, a clinical administrator; and Jennifer Gonzales, 29, a clinical psychologist.