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Mass shooting at Colorado movie theater

  • A look at the victims in the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting:

    Jon Blunk, 26
    The 26-year-old military veteran was attending the movie with a friend, Jansen Young, who says Blunk "took a bullet for me." Blunk enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating high school in 2004. Blunk leaves behind a wife and two young children. [KRNV]

    AJ Boik, 18
    The recent high school graduate liked baseball, pottery and music, the Denver Post reports. He was accepted to a Colorado college with aspirations of studying art. His future plans included becoming an art teacher and opening his own studio, his family told the Post. [The Denver Post]

    Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29
    The 29-year-old Air Force reservist was a resident of Thorton and was one of two people the Department of Defense confirms as deceased in connection with the shooting. [The Denver Post]

    Gordon Cowden, 51
    The 51-year-old was the oldest victim in the Colorado mass shooting. [The Washington Post/AP]

    Jessica Ghawi, 24
    The 24-year-old aspiring sports broadcaster, also known by her alias Jessica Redfield, was one of the first victims named. Ghawi escaped from a mass shooting at a food court in a Toronto mall, an experience she chronicled on her blog. "I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end," she wrote. [National Public Radio]

    Petty Officer 3rd Class John Larimer, 27
    The 27-year-old was a cryptologic technician in Aurora, his first duty station according to a defense spokesman. A Navy team contacted Larimer's family early Saturday morning. Larimer is eligible for a military burial. [Stars & Stripes]

    Matt McQuinn, 27
    When the shooting began inside Theater 9, the 27-year-old is credited with saving the life of his girlfriend Samantha Yowler by shielding her body with his own. Friends described the couple, both employees of the department store Target, as fun individuals who were popular both in their Colorado home as well as their hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Yowler is recovering from injuries sustained in the shooting. [Dayton Daily News]

    Micayla Medek, 23
    "I’m a simple independent girl who’s just trying to get her life together while still having fun," the 23-year-old, who described herself as a "Subway sandwich artist," wrote on her Facebook page. Medek's friends said they tried to carry her out of the theater but were told by emergency officials to leave her inside. [Los Angeles Times]

    Veronica Moser, 6
    The youngest shooting victim was described by a family member as a "vibrant, excitable" girl who was enthused about learning how to swim just days prior. "It's a nightmare right now," her aunt Annie Dalton told the Denver Post. Moser's mother, 25-year-old Ashley Moser, is listed in critical condition at an area hospital. [San Jose Mercury News/Denver Post]

    Alex Sullivan, 27
    The 27-year-old went to the midnight showing of the latest Batman film as part of a birthday celebration with co-workers. "One hour (until) the movie and it's going to be the best birthday ever," he tweeted according to ABC News. His father, Tom Sullivan, was captured in this Reuters image as he pleaded with members of the media to pass along any information about his then-missing son. Sullivan was a local bartender. [ABC News]

    Alex Teves, 24
    "Alex didn’t make it," a friend named Caitlin, who saw the movie with the 24-year-old man, wrote on Twitter. "The world isn’t as good a place without him." Tom Teves, the victim's father, told ABC that his son saved his girlfriend by blocking her from a bullet. Teves, originally from Arizona, lived in the Denver area. [KMGH]

    Rebecca Wingo, 32
    "She had the sweetest smile you have ever seen," said a friend of the 32-year-old. Wingo grew up near Dallas in the town of Quinlan, Texas. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a translator, she moved to the Denver area to reconnect with her two girls. Wingo was at the early morning screening of the film with two friends. [WFAA]
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