Authorities Release 'Dark Knight' Shooting Victims Names
Authorities have released the names of the 12 people who were fatally wounded during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo. early Friday morning.
The youngest victim was just six, and had gone to see the film with her mother. The oldest was 51. Their stories were gathered by the Associated Press, which spoke with the friends, families and coworkers of the victims.
Jonathan Blunk, 26
Blunk graduated from high school in Reno, Nev. and served in the Navy from 2004-2009. He had plans to reeinlist with the goal of becoming a Navy SEAL.
Alexander J. Boik, 18
His family issued a statement saying he was dating "a beautiful young lady" who survived the attack.
Jesse Childress, 29
An Air Force reservist with a talent for athletics, Childress worked at the nearby Buckley Air Force Base, where he enjoyed competing in kickball and volleyball tournaments.
Gordon Cowden, 51.
Cowden was an Aurora resident, whose family declined to talk to the press.
Jessica Ghawi, 24
Ghawi was an aspriring sports journalist, who had narrowly avoided the Eaton Centre mall shooting in Toronto last month. She wrote on her blog after the Toronto incident:"I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders' faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath."
John Larimer, 27
Larimer was a navy cryptologist, whose family plans to return his body home to Crystal Lake, Ill.
Matthew McQuinn, 27
McQuinn died shielding his girlfriend and her brother from gunfire, both of whom survived. His girlfriend was shot in the knee, and her brother was not injured.
Micayla Medek, 23
Medek’s family said though the news of her death was agonizing, it was better than not knowing after a day of waiting.
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
Veronica was in the theater with her mother, 25-year-old Ashley Moser. Moser, who reportedly slips in and out of consciousness, suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen and has a bullet lodged in her throat. She does not yet know her daughter was killed.
Alex Sullivan, 27
Sullivan planned on celebrating both his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary over the weekend. He had gone to the film with friends as part of the celebration.
Alexander C. Teves, 24
Teves had just earned a master's degree in counseling from the University of Denver in June.
Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32
Wingo worked as a customer service representative at a medical imaging company, and was described as having a bubbly personality.