Sunday, July 22, 2012

Remembering: The Thirteen Lost in Aurora

On the night of July 20, 2012 twelve people lost their lives in Aurora, Colorado when a masked and armored gunman began shooting in the movie theater they had come to.

Ten died at the scene, two more at hospitals, and the thirteenth was lost in a miscarriage caused by the trauma.

Fifty-eight more people were injured, at least eight of which are still in critical condition.

This post shall serve as a memorial for the twelve that died in the tragedy.

Alex Sullivan, 27, was out celebrating his birthday with his friends. Sunday would've been his first wedding anniversary.

He was a graduate of Gateway High School, in Aurora.

His family remembers him for having a huge heart.

Micayla Medek, 23, graduated from Hinkley High School, lived in Westminster, and was attending Aurora Community College.

Her family "hope[s] this evil act doesn't shake people's faith in God."

She had been in the process of saving money for a trip to India, with coworkers.

Jessica Ghawi, 24, also went by Jessica Redfield, was an aspiring sports broadcaster.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she had moved to Denver for an internship towards her dream.

She was a huge Colorado Avalanche fan, and didn't miss a game.

In June she had just left a mall in Toronto when a gunman opened fire there. Her blog talked about the incident and how it affected her.

"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, was from Chicago, graduating from Crystal Lake South High School.

He was stationed at Buckley Air Force Base as a cryptologist with the US Navy.

Matt McQuinn, 27, died protecting his girlfriend from the bullets.

Samantha Younger was wounded in the leg, but survived the onslaught because of his sacrifice.

He moved to Aurora, in November 2011 from Butler Township in Ohio.

He was a graduate of Butler-Vandalia High School.

Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress, 29, lived in Thornton.

He was an Air Force cyber systems operator at Buckley Air Force Base.

When the shooting started he dove in front of a friend from the base, taking a bullet that would have hit her.

A very active person, he could always be found playing one sport or another.

His friends knew him as a huge nerd, who had named his black Scion "The Batmobile".

Veronica Moser Sullivan, 6, was at the movie with her mother, Ashley Moser, who was shot multiple times.

She had just begun learning to swim, and loved it.

Ashley Moser's unborn child was lost in a miscarriage while she was undergoing surgery for the injuries she received from being shot multiple times.

Jon Blunk, 25, shielded his girlfriend from the bullets.

He sacrificed himself to save Jansen Young's life.

Blunk was a former member of the US Navy, and had been planning on reenlisting, in hopes of becoming a SEAL.

He had been scheduled to spend the week in Reno, Nevada to visit his children who are two and four.

Alexander Boik, 18, had graduated from Gateway High School.

He was set to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the fall.

AJ's friends and family remember him as someone who would do anything for a laugh.

Alex Teves, 24, was from Phoenix, Arizona.

Alex shielded his girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren, from bullets, saving her life.

He had recently earned his master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver.

Rebecca Wingo, 32, was the mother of two daughters, nine and five, who she had moved to Aurora, in September, to be near.

Wingo had formerly worked for the US Air Force as a translator and had recently started a new job, in the medical field.

Her family remembers her as an extremely giving person.

Gordon Cowden, 51, lived in Aurora, and was from Austin, Texas.

He had taken his two teenage kids to the movie.

Both his kids escaped unharmed.