One year later... Lest We Forget
One year ago today, a man walked into a crowded theatre in Aurora CO and opened fire, wounding 70 and killing 12.
The twelve that were called Home:
John Thomas Larimer, 27, came from a military family in Crystal Lake, Ill. Like his grandfather, Larimer served in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer, third class. He joined the Navy about a year before the shooting and was one of two active-duty service members killed.
Rebecca Wingo, 32, was a single mother with two daughters. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she served as a Chinese translator. At the time of the shooting, she was working toward an associate of arts degree at the Community College of Aurora.
Alexander Sullivan*was killed the night of his 27th*birthday. Sullivan was known by his friends as a huge fan of movies and comic books. The Sunday following the shooting would have been his first wedding anniversary.
Alexander J. (“A.J.”) Boik, 18, dreamed of becoming an art teacher and opening his own art studio. He was accepted at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design; he planned on starting in the fall. Boik was at the movie with his girlfriend, who survived the shooting.
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, was the youngest of those killed. She had just started swimming and was about to start taking lessons. Her pregnant mother, Ashley Moser, was shot twice. The shooting caused Moser to miscarry and left her paralyzed.
Jessica Ghawi, 24, was a college student and aspiring sports journalist. She moved to Colorado from Texas about a year before the shooting to intern at a Denver radio station. In June 2012, she survived a shooting at the Eaton Centre mall in Toronto that left two people dead.
Gordon Cowden, 51, had gone to the theater with his two teenage children, both of whom were unharmed in the massacre. Cowden was a small-business owner and an outdoorsman whom his family described as a “true Texas gentleman.”
Micayla Medek, 23, went by the name Cayla to her friends. At the time of the shooting, she was working at a Subway sandwich shop and taking classes at the Community College of Aurora. She planned to graduate in 2015.
Matthew McQuinn, 27, died shielding his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, from gunshots. The couple had dated for over two years and worked together at Target. Yowler was shot in the knee, but she and her brother Nick survived.
Jonathan Blunk, 26, was a father of two who served in the Navy for five years. He had left the Navy in 2009 after three tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea. He was at the movie with his girlfriend, whom he died protecting from the shooter.
Jesse Childress,*29, was a staff sergeant in the Air Force reserves on active duty with the 310th Forces Support Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base. He was from Thornton, Colo.
Alexander Teves, 24, had recently graduated from the University of Denver with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and was planning to return to school for a doctorate in physical therapy. He was with his girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren, who was not injured.
May they rest in Peace.
Went to the movies yesterday......and think about that tragedy every time that I do.
Thanks for posting Blue Ridge...
I live about five miles from the theater in Aurora. Among my friends here in Denver are some of the first responders and ER staff at both Children's Hospital, in Aurora and at Denver Health (also my former employer for almost four years). Children's received many of the younger victims and many more went to Denver Health.
A silver lining to that dark cloud was realized when two of the victims, who were at the theatre on a date, elected to marry on the one-year anniversary....
Rest in peace to the innocent victims and may there be a special circle of hell for the evil bastard that took their lives...
And a big tip-o-the hat to those responders & nurses/Docs. From what I understand, there was a great deal of chaos (duh) which led to some issues onscene. Kudos especially to those who saved lives by abondoning protocol and doing what needed to be done, like using PD cruisers as bambulances.
I am confident he will be held to atone for his treason against his fellow Man, here and elsewhere.
Thanks guys (and gal :) ), and not to be d-baggy, square, or sanctimonious, but I didn't do it for us. I did it for them, and so that we may remember how precious our life is from their tribulation. So we may appreciate what we see, smell, taste, touch or hear as much as we should. That we may recognize those relations and binds that tie us to our bretheren, and further embrace them. That we may be grateful of those things we find true happiness in. By these actions, we may perpetually honor them. After all, at the end of the day, we are all the same. Except, of course, the monsters that walk amongst us, reminding us of just how transient this experience truely is.
Or in short - Smell the roses, enjoy the sunset, breathe the fresh morning air, love your neighbors, hug your children and call your momma. And own a Jeep.
Too deep with big words, my appologies... but I can't put it any more simply than that.
One of my LEO friends, that I frequently smoke cigars with, was one of the first responders you spoke of. He transported a victim in the back of his cruiser over to University Hospital. As they say "the first casualty of armed conflict is your plan, the second casualty is the truth"
Another blessing in disguise is that there is this huge medical complex just down he road from the theater. Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado Medical Center share a campus on the old Fitzsimmons Army installation at Colfax and I-225
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