The female Trump supporter shot dead storming the Capitol last week was in a throuple with her husband and a live-in girlfriend.
Late Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt and her ex-Marine husband Aaron had a three-way relationship with a 29-year-old bartender, her family confirmed.
Kayla Joyce lived with the married couple in San Diego, and is sticking by her widower boyfriend, Ashli’s brother told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
The 35-year-old former military officer and her husband met Kayla about a year ago, and decided to welcome her into their open marriage – which was itself only a few months old.
The news may come as a surprise to traditional conservatives, who have been lauding Ashli on social media as a martyr to the right, but often frown upon relationships outside of a marriage.
But her 21-year-old brother, Andrew Witthoeft, said his late sister was raised to welcome people of all sexual orientations, colors or creeds – as long as they were ‘Team America’.
DailyMail.com can reveal that Ashli Babbitt (right) and her ex-Marine husband Aaron were in a three-way relationship with a 29-year-old bartender Kayla Joyce (left). A picture posted on Aaron’s Facebook shows the throuple at the beach, the women in bikinis and him topless, wearing sunglasses and a lion tattoo on his chest
Trump supporter and Air Force vet Ashli Babbitt (pictured) was shot dead by Capitol Hill police in last week’s riot
Ashli’s family confirmed that their girlfriend Kayla Joyce (pictured) lived with the married couple in San Diego
‘She always said being an American is being an American, regardless of your race, your ethnicity or your beliefs. If you’re team America, you’re American regardless. That’s how she always put it,’ he said.
‘Our parents raised us that if you wanted to do anything, if you wanted to be a professional piano player, go do it. Whatever you wanted to do, go do. She just felt as long as you were a good person at heart, she’d have no problem carrying on a conversation with you.’
Andrew told DailyMail.com that although he had only met his sister’s girlfriend twice, he was sure she was a good partner to Ashli, and is taking care of Aaron, 39, as he grieves.
‘I haven’t talked too much to Kayla. I’ve met her a couple of times and talked to her. She’s a nice person. And truthfully I feel she had my sister’s best interests at heart,’ he said.
‘From my knowledge, Kayla is with Aaron supporting him right now.
‘They were all one team. There was never anything bad, I never saw them against each other or anything like that. They were one team.’
A picture posted on Aaron’s Facebook shows the throuple at the beach, the women in bikinis and him topless, wearing sunglasses and a lion tattoo on his chest.
Ashli was shot dead by a Capitol Police officer last Wednesday as she tried to climb through a broken window to get into congressional chambers, after breaking into the federal building with a mob of pro-Trump rioters.
Ashli’s brother Andrew, 21, said his late sister was raised to welcome people of all sexual orientations, colors or creeds – as long as they were ‘Team America’
The couple met Kayla while she was working at one of their local bars, Ocean Beach Brewery
Ashli and Aaron, who served as a Marine from 2000 to 2005, married in 2019 and met their girlfriend less than a year into their marriage
Kayla is sticking by Aaron and consoling him as he mourns his wife’s death, Ashli’s brother confirmed to DailyMail.com
Although her partner was a fanatical Trump supporter, Kayla said she felt the President was responsible for the riot, and that Ashli did not set out to do harm
Kayla told New York Magazine that she learned of her girlfriend’s death on TV.
‘I actually saw it first on video when I was on the phone with multiple hospitals trying to find her,’ the 29-year-old said. ‘We found out through the news. Through live television.
‘We were trying to get in touch with her once this sh*t was all over the media. We were trying to call and trying to call, and nothing. Her location services were off. We just couldn’t find her, and finally we saw the live video of her.’
Kayla (pictured) said she has spoken to the FBI, who are investigating rioters for alleged offenses including sedition
The bartender said she had no idea what her girlfriend had got mixed up in.
‘I thought she was just going to a rally. And I think that was all it was, until it wasn’t,’ she said.
‘It was extremely unlike her to put herself in that position.’
Although her partner was a fanatical Trump supporter, Kayla told the magazine she felt the President was responsible for the riot, and that Ashli did not set out to do harm.
‘I blame Trump. How could you not? I mean he is their figure, their president,’ she said.
‘She wasn’t a terrorist. She wouldn’t have put herself in harm’s way for any bad reason. If I could get into her head and pick her brain, I would.’
Both Andrew and Kayla said they had spoken to the FBI, who are investigating rioters for alleged offenses including sedition.
The 29-year-old bartender said she didn’t plan to give Ashli a headstone when she received her ashes.
‘I don’t want this attention. We don’t want this. She wouldn’t have wanted this… We were very local, private people. We barely even leave our community.’
Andrew told DailyMail.com the family had not yet made any funeral arrangements.
Andrew told DailyMail.com that although he had only met his sister’s girlfriend twice, he was sure she was a good partner to Ashli, and is taking care of Aaron, 39, as he grieves
Andrew told DailyMail.com the family had not yet made any funeral arrangements. The San Diego home where the throuple lived together is pictured
Ashli met her first husband, then Staff Sergeant Tim McEntee, while serving at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska.
A January 2008 photo on the base’s website shows the couple with their adopted former military working dog, Sorbon.
Ashli married Tim on April 12, 2005 in a civil ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska, according to divorce documents unearthed by DailyMail.com. Ashli was just 19 at the time she married, Tim was 22.
According to the documents filed in 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland, the couple separated in April 2015.
‘In April of 2015 the parties mutually and voluntarily agreed to live separate and apart from one another and have done so since that date, uninterruptedly, and without cohabitation, in separate abodes, and there is no reasonable hope or expectation of reconciliation between the parties,’ stated a marital settlement agreement filed in court.
Tim McEntee filed for the divorce and Ashli did not oppose it. It was finalized on May 14, 2019. The couple had no children.
The papers said the couple had three homes, one in Annapolis that Tim kept under the terms of the divorce, one in Lakeside, California that Ashli kept, and a third rental property in Abilene, Texas, that they agreed to keep jointly and rent out.
According to the real estate website, Zillow, the three properties currently have a combined estimated value of $920,000. Tim also got to keep a timeshare in Kissimmee, Florida, and a 2014 Ford Fusion.
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From 2010 Ashli was stationed with the Washington DC Air National Guard, where she moved in with her future second husband Aaron in Huntingtown, Maryland.
In 2016, Ashli was accused of lying in wait for Aaron’s ex, chasing her down a Maryland highway in her SUV and deliberately rear-ending her three times in an apparent fit of jealousy.
The ex, Celeste Norris, wrote an affidavit supporting criminal charges over the alleged attack in 2016 – though Babbitt was later acquitted.
Norris, 39, also filed for a restraining order against Babbitt the day of the car crash in July 2016, and asked the court for a second one seven months later, claiming the late Air Force veteran had been filing false police reports against her, lying under oath in court, and harassing her with midnight phone calls. The restraining orders were upheld.
Babbitt, described by friends as a ‘boisterous firecracker’, was charged with reckless endangerment, malicious property damage and dangerous driving.
She was acquitted of the first charge and found not guilty of the others.
A year after the alleged incident Ashli quit the military and moved to her home town of San Diego with Aaron – though she was still legally married to her first husband – where she set up a pool cleaning company with him, her uncle Mike and brother Roger.
Ashli quit the military and moved to her home town of San Diego with Aaron while she was still legally married to her first husband
‘I haven’t talked too much to Kayla. I’ve met her a couple of times and talked to her. She’s a nice person. And truthfully I feel she had my sister’s best interests at heart,’ Ashli’s brother said. ‘From my knowledge, Kayla is with Aaron supporting him right now’
In June 2019, she married Aaron, who served as a Marine from 2000 to 2005 according to his Facebook page.
The couple met their girlfriend less than a year into their new marriage, while she worked at one of their local drinking haunts, Ocean Beach Brewery.
Ashli was a decorated Air Force veteran, serving as a Security Forces Controller from 2004 to 2008, before moving to the Air Force Reserve from 2008 to 2010 and then the Air National Guard from 2010 to November 2016 when she left the forces, an Air Force spokeswoman told DailyMail.com.
‘Our records indicate that she deployed on multiple occasions,’ the spokeswoman said. ‘Overseas deployments included deployments to Afghanistan in 2005, Iraq in 2006, and the United Arab Emirates in 2012 and 2014.’
Ashli’s 12 medals and ribbons included the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
While with the Air National Guard, she was a member of the 113th Security Forces Squadron of the DC Air National Guard which is located on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
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