Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Names of victims emerge in Colorado theater shootings

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Mourners continued to come forward to name eight men, three women and a child killed in the Colorado theater shooting while authorities on Saturday were undertaking the dangerous work of dismantling explosives in the booby-trapped apartment of shooting suspect James Holmes.

Veronica Moser, 6

Ashley Moser, 25, of Denver drifted in and out of consciousness in the ICU of an Aurora, Colo., hospital with bullets lodged in her throat and a gunshot wound to her abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter Veronica. Nobody had the heart to tell her that Veronica was already dead, the youngest victim killed at a Colorado movie theater in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. Ashley Moser was preparing to attend nursing school, her aunt, Annie Dalton said Saturday. "They thought she might be paraplegic. Now it looks like she will have some use of her hands," she said. "She's not going to be starting school like she planned."

Matt McQuinn, 27

The Denver resident has been tentatively identified and is awaiting final identification, though his family's attorney confirmed to the Associated Press that McQuinn was among those killed. Rob Scott of Dayton, Ohio, said McQuinn died after diving in front of his longtime girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire. Samantha Yowler was in fair condition after being shot in the knee. Her brother, Nick Yowler, was not injured. McQuinn and Samantha Yowler had moved to Colorado from Ohio last fall, Scott said.

Micayla Medek, 23, of Westminster, Colo.

Her father's cousin, Anita Busch, said the news, while heartbreaking, was a relief for the family after an agonizing day of waiting for news. "I hope this evil act … doesn't shake people's faith in God," she said. Medek worked at a Subway sandwich shop and was trying to figure out what to do with her life, her aunt, Jennifer Zakovich, said Saturday.

Alex Sullivan, 27, of Aurora; worked at Red Robin restaurant

The comic book fan was at the premiere to celebrate his 27th birthday. "Oh man one hour till the movie and its going to be the best BIRTHDAY ever," he said in a Tweet sent shortly before he died.

Petty Officer 3rd Class John Larimer, 27

The Navy cryptologist had been working at Buckley Air Force Base since October. His father, Scott Larimer, said his son John grew up as one of five children in Crystal Lake, Ill. "We're still in shock," the senior Larimer said Saturday. "Unfortunately in the military you expect him to be in harm's way, but not in a theater." John Larimer's brother is working with the Navy to take his body home.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29

The cyber-systems operator was based in Thornton, Colo. Air Force Capt. Andrew Williams described Childress as knowledgeable, experienced and respectful. Childress was athletic and played in a kickball and volleyball tournament on base. "He was always our star," Williams said.

Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32

She had started a job several months ago as a customer relations representative at a mobile medical imaging company.

Alexander J. Boik, 18

A vigil was being held Saturday night for the Aurora, Colo., resident and incoming freshman student at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. His family issued a statement saying that he was loved by all that knew him and was dating "a beautiful young lady" who was with him at the theater and survived. "We want to try and focus on the beautiful lives that were ended and not the evil that is responsible," the family said.

Jessica Ghawi, 24

The aspiring sports journalist had moved to Denver from Texas about a year ago and had narrowly escaped a mall shooting at Eaton Centre Mall in Toronto. The experience, she had written, had convinced her that each moment was precious.

Jonathan T. Blunk, 26

The Aurora resident worked at a hardware store.

Gordon W. Cowden, 51

The family of the Aurora man, a small business owner and father of two teens, did not want to speak to the media Saturday.

Alexander C. Teves, 24

He earned a master's degree in counseling psychology in June from the University of Denver.

This report contains information from the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

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