AURORA TRAGEDY: List of theater shooting victims

These are confirmed and unconfirmed shooting victims of Friday morning's incident at the Century 16 Theater at the Town Center of Aurora Mall.

These are confirmed and unconfirmed shooting victims of July 20’s incident at the Century 16 Theater at the Town Center of Aurora Mall.


Petra Anderson

CONDITION: Was shot four times with shotgun pellets. One pellet entered her nose and traveled through her brain, according to the Associated Press. Her boyfriend, said that while Anderson was responding to doctors, she had trouble recalling basic information about herself.

AGE: 22

BIO: A Colorado native, Anderson graduated from the University of the Pacific in May with a degree in music composition. She is headed to the University of Maryland to pursue a graduate degree.



CONDITION: Shot in the neck; Expected to survive
AGE: 22
BIO: Stephen Barton was on a cross-country bike ride from Connecticut to San Francisco and was in the area visiting friends. He hopes to continue his ride.  Barton says he was bloodied from gunshot wounds as he staggered away from the hellish chaos inside the Aurora movie theater, but he didn’t realize how badly he was hurt until he saw the shock in the faces of people who looked at him.

The 22-year-old from South Berry, Conn., and two friends were in the packed theater when a gunman opened fire. Barton said the shooting eventually stopped but the victims were still screaming. He remembers thinking, “This was the end for me, this will be the end of my life.”

One of his friends was also injured but her condition wasn’t immediately known. Another friend escaped unharmed.



CONDITION: Killed at the scene of the shooting

AGE: 26

BIO: Jonathan Blunk had high hopes for the future, with plans to re-enlist in the Navy and the goal of becoming a Navy SEAL.

The 26-year-old served three tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea between 2004 and 2009, said close friend James Gill of Brighton, Colo.

“It was guts or glory for him,” Gill told The Associated Press. “It always surprised me that he didn’t serve in a situation more on the front line. He wanted to be a first responder on the front line.”

Blunk was also a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician, Gill added.

He died in the shooting Friday after throwing himself in front of friend Jansen Young and saving her life, she told the NBC “Today” show. He told her to stay down.

“That’s something he would do,” Gill said. “If he was going to choose a way to die, that’s how he wanted to go — defending someone from a (person) like that.”

Blunk, a 2004 graduate of Hug High School in Reno, Nev., most recently lived in Aurora and worked for a small flooring company.

His estranged wife, Chantel Blunk, lives with their 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son in Reno.



Jesse Childress

CONDITION: Killed at the scene of the shooting

AGE: 29

BIO: Jesse Childress was an Air Force cyber-systems operator based at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

Air Force Capt. Andrew Williams described the 29-year-old from Thornton, Colo., as knowledgeable, experienced and respectful. “We’re going to miss him incredibly,” he said.

Tech Sgt. Alejandro Sanchez, a co-worker, told the AP that Childress was his good friend and they were on a bowling team together.

“He would help anyone and always was great for our Air Force unit,” he said.

Another co-worker, Ashley Wassinger, said Childress “was a great person fun to be with, always positive and laughing.”

“Really just an amazing person, and I am so lucky to have been his friend,” she said.



CONDITION: Killed at the scene of the shooting

Gordon Cowden

AGE: 51

BIO: Gordon Cowden loved life and his family, and he had gone to the midnight movie premiere with his two teenage children.

At 51, he was the oldest of the victims killed in the shooting. He lived in Aurora, but was described as a “true Texas gentleman” in a family statement. He loved the outdoors and owned his own business.

“A quick witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle,” his family said.

His teenage children escaped the shooting unharmed.

His family declined to be interviewed in their request for privacy but expressed appreciation for words of concern offered in the wake of the shooting.

“Our hearts go out to everyone that has been harmed by this senseless tragedy,” they said.

ZAK GOLDITCH – Confirmed

Zak Golditch

CONDITION: Golditch was in an adjacent theater during the shooting and was struck in the neck by a bullet that came through a wall. He rushed outside and found some construction workers who helped him stop the bleeding before he was taken to Medical Center of Aurora South and treated. Golditch underwent a cat scan and was released from the hospital. He is at home.

AGE: 17

BIO: Golditch is a senior-to-be and a football and track star at Gateway High School.


LOUIS DURAN – Unconfirmed

CONDITION: At Aurora area hospital; Three “pellets” in the head, none went through his skull. Ten in his shoulder, a few in his forearm and one in his hand.

AGE: Unknown

BIO: Unavailable.



CONDITION: Died at the scene of the shooting.

AGE: 24

Jessica Ghawi

BIO: Ghawi was a sportscaster known as Jessica Redfield.  Ghawi had recently received press credentials for the Colorado Avalanche.  ABC reports that Ghawi, who had recently moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Denver, had been tweeting about seeing the new movie just before it began. Six weeks ago, Ghawi had blogged about nearly escaping the June 2 shoot-out at a Toronto mall that left one dead and seven injured. Blogging as Jessica Redfield, Ghawi described how she had left the food court just minutes before a shooter gunned down two men.

“I found out after seeing a map of the scene that minutes later a man was standing in the same spot where I just ate, and opened fire in the food court full of people. … I would’ve been in the same place where one of the victims was found,” Ghawi wrote.

Her Facebook page has become a memorial site:

From the Associated Press:

Jessica Ghawi recently wrote a blog post after surviving a shooting at a Toronto mall, saying it showed her “how fragile life was.”

Friends say the 24-year-old, who moved to Colorado from Texas about a year ago, didn’t let the June 2 shooting in Toronto change her outlook on life as she pursued a career in sports journalism.

“I think she even looked at that like, ‘Hey, even after that, I’m able to pursue my dream,'” said Peter Burns, a radio sports show host with Mile High Sports Radio in Denver, where Ghawi recently interned.

That shooting left two dead and several injured. Her blog post last month said: “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.”

Former colleagues described her as ambitious and hardworking. She went by the name “Redfield,” a play on her red hair, because it was easy to say and remember, both professionally and on her social media accounts.

She was a regular tweeter and her last post to the micro-blogging website stated in all capital letters, “movie doesn’t start for 20 minutes.”



CONDITION: Shot in the arm; expected to recover

AGE:  18

BIO: Forest, Ohio resident, according to The Courier of Findlay, Ohio, and WKTN-Radio in Kenton, Ohio


JOHN LARIMER — Confirmed

CONDITION: Killed during shooting

AGE: 27

BIO: John Larimer was a Navy sailor based at Buckley Air Force Base, where he was a cryptologic technician — a job that the Navy says on its website should be filled by someone with “exceptionally good character, above-average writing and speaking skills, a good memory, curiosity and resourcefulness.”

Those who knew him described him in similar terms.

The 27-year-old and another active service member, Air Force Sgt. Jesse Childress, were killed in the shooting rampage, the military said Saturday.

Larimer, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, Ill., joined the service just over a year ago, the Navy said.

“A valued member of our Navy team, he will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to John’s family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all the victims of this horrible tragedy,” said Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski, his commanding officer, in a written statement.

A family member told the Daily Herald newspaper in Arlington Heights, Ill., that Larimer was the youngest of five siblings. Neighbors in his hometown recalled his sense of humor.

“We love you, John, and we will miss you always,” his parents said in a statement.



CONDITION: Gunshot pellet wounds “from her upper thigh to her ankle,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

AGE: 24

BIO: Recently moved to Denver area from New Mexico. The Los Angeles Times reports that Legarreta “and her boyfriend, Jamie Rohrs, had taken their 4-month-old son and 4-year old daughter to the movie, thinking the kids would sleep through it. Badly wounded in the leg, she put a child on each hip and ran for the exit. “I need to get out,” she recalled thinking. “My kids are not going to die in here.” Neither child was hurt.


AJ Boik


CONDTION: Killed during theater shooting

AGE: 18

BIO: A graduate of Gateway High School. Alexander J. Boik, an 18-year-old known as AJ, had a reputation for making people laugh and tried to bring back the mullet hair cut in his freshman year of high school.

“He tried to rock the mullet,” said Tyler Lynch, 20, who played baseball with Boik on their high school team.

Boik, a catcher who played on the team through his junior year, had recently graduated from Gateway High School in Aurora. He also played in the school orchestra.

He was to start classes at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the fall. Gateway principal Bill Hedges said Boik planned to become an art teacher.

A friend, Jordan Crofter, described Boik as someone who “didn’t hold anything back. He was just his own person.”

“He was a ball of joy. He was never sad or depressed. He wanted everybody to be happy,” Crofter said.

The family said in a statement that the 18-year-old was loved by all who knew him and was dating “a beautiful young lady” who was with him at the theater and survived.

Crofter said Boik and his girlfriend made a “perfect couple,” and people expected them to get married.

“If he were still here, he’d try to make everyone have a positive outlook of the situation and not allow it to affect their outlook of life,” Crofter said.


BRENT LOWEK – Unconfirmed

CONDITION: reports that “Brent Lowek, was shot by the gunman and recently emerged from surgery at a nearby medical facility, his stepfather, Dan Greene, said in an interview.

AGE: 27

BIO: Lowek is a friend of Jessica Ghawi. Mother, Sue Greene, said  Brent Lowak was sitting with Jessicawhen he heard the hiss of gas from canisters thrown by the gunman. She said her son and Ghawi ducked but she was hit in the leg. According to the mother, as Ghawi screamed, her son applied pressure to her wound but then she stopped screaming. Greene said her son then realized Ghawi had been shot again and soon she was dead. Lowak, of Bulverde, was wounded in the backside and rushed to the hospital in a van. He’s expected to make a full recovery after much rehabilitation work.


RYAN LUMBA – Confirmed


AGE: unknown

BIO: Lumba was a 2012 Eaglecrest High School graduate and is enrolled at Western State



CONDITION: Killed at the scene of the shooting.

AGE: 27

Bio: McQuinn of of Springfield, Ohio, is Samantha Yowler’s boyfriend, according to the Springfield News Sun, and was also inside the theater. McQuinn moved to Colorado in November with Yowler. McQuinn’s “mom and her parents are flying out right now, and we don’t even know where Matt is,” said Stacie McQuinn, Matt McQuinn’s stepmother.
Stacie McQuinn said the hospital would not confirm to Yowler where or what Matt McQuinn’s condition is because they are not related, according to the newspaper.

As the attack in the movie theater unfolded, Matt McQuinn dove in front of his girlfriend and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire.

He died protecting them, said Rob Scott, an Ohio attorney retained by the families of McQuinn and his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler. Scott confirmed McQuinn’s death to The Associated Press. He was 27.

“Unfortunately, Matt McQuinn perished from the injuries he sustained during the tragic events that unfolded in Denver, Colorado, and went home to be with his maker,” Scott said in a statement. “As both families mourn the loss of Matt, they ask for everyone to give them distance and time. Again, the families thank everyone for their love, prayers and ask that we respect their families’ wishes.”

Yowler was recovering from surgery after she was shot in the knee at the theater. Her 32-year-old brother, Nick Yowler, who also shielded his sister, was not injured.

McQuinn and Yowler moved to Colorado from Ohio last fall. A Colorado co-worker told the Springfield News-Sun that McQuinn and Samantha Yowler worked with her at Target.

“They’re really fun people. We always go out together,” said Melissa Downen.


MICAYLA MEDEK – Confirmed by family

Micayla Medek

CONDITION: Killed at the scene of the shooting.

AGE: 23

BIO: Micayla’s FaceBook page said she was a graduate of Hinkley High School and a student at Community College of Aurora. She worked at an Aurora Subway. This from her FaceBook info page: “My name is Micayla, but everyone usually calls me Cayla. I’m a simple independant girl who’s just trying to get her life together while still having fun.”

Her favorite quote: “We’re all a little weird. And life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

Micayla Medek loved a night out with her friends, and she was with a group of about 10 of them at the “Dark Knight Rises” premiere.

Medek was “Cayla” to her family and friends. She was 23 years old and juggling classes at Aurora Community College with a job at a Subway sandwich shop, said her aunt Jenny Zakovich, 57, of South Milwaukee, Wis.

“She didn’t know what she wanted to do,” Zakovich said. “I think her plans were to finish community college and go into a better paying job — probably in the computer field.”

An ardent Green Bay Packers fan, Medek, who lived in the Denver suburb of Westminster, would plan her schedule around watching Packers games with her sister and father.

“It was probably just like going to church every Sunday,” Zakovich said.

Zakovich said she was planning to look for tickets to a Packers game so her brother could surprise Medek and her sister.

Medek was an independent-minded and sweet girl who rarely asked her family for anything, Zakovich said.

“She was one who wouldn’t hurt anybody. She was a very loving person. This shouldn’t have happened to somebody like her.”


CALEB MEDLEY unconfirmed

Caleb Medley

CONDITION: Shot in the face; reportedly undergoing surgery at University of Colorado Hospital, reports

AGE: unknown

BIO: According to his Facebook page, Caleb Medley attended Florence (Co) High School, lives in Canon City, and has attended Pueblo Community College.


ASHLEY  MOSER – Confirmed

CONDITION: Critical condition with a bullet in the throat, and in the abdomen.

AGE: 25

BIO: Not available. Ashley’s 6-year-old daughter, Veronica, was killed in the attack.


Bonnie Pourciau


CONDITION: Shot in the knee

AGE: 18

BIO: WAFB TV in Baton, Rouge, L.A. reports that Pourciau is a resident of Baton Rouge



CONDITION: Shot in the back; released from hospital

AGE: Unknown

BIO: Brooklyn, New York, resident, according to



CONDITION: Shot in the leg

AGE: 27

BIO: The Associated Press reports that Mequon, Wisconsin native Carey Rottman was among the shooting victims. According to Rottman posted on his Facebook page at 4 a.m. from a hospital emergency room:

“Shot in the leg at Batman. Where is he when you need him. Please pray for everyone here,”

Rottman graduated from Winona State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
After graduation, Rottman moved to Denver, where he became a manager of Fastenal, an international company that makes fasteners. He has been a sales manager for Coors Distributing Co., in Denver the past five months, his dad said.



CONDITION: Received a minor eye injury

AGE: 44

BIO: Native of Jakarta, Indonesia; married to victim Rita Paulina. The couple immigrated from Indonesia 10 years ago and were working at the Life Care Center Nursing Home, according to reports by Katharina Buchholz of CU Journalism News Service.



CONDITION: Suffered gunshot wounds to the left hand and the left leg. Doctors scheduled surgery for Saturday to extract a bullet from her shinbone. She is in stable condition at the Denver Health Medical Center.

AGE: 44

BIO: Paulina is married to victim Anggiat M. Situmeang. The couple immigrated from Indonesia 10 years agoand were working at the Life Care Center Nursing Home, according to reports by Katharina Buchholz of CU Journalism News Service



CONDITION: Received treatment at the University of Colorado Hospital for a gunshot wound to the lower back and was released. He did not suffer any internal injuries, but a bullet currently remains in his body, according to reports by Katharina Buchholz of CU Journalism News Service.

AGE: 14

BIO: He is the son of victims Rita Paulina and Anggiat M. Situmeang


ALEX SULLIVAN – Confirmed by family

Alex Sullivan

CONDITION: Killed at the scene of the shooting

AGE: 27

BIO: Married to Cassandra. Alex graduated from Grandview High School. He was an employee of Aurora’s Red Robin restaurant on Havana Street and celebrating his 27th birthday with a large group of friends at the midnight movie. Family members say he was a happy, funny and much-loved man.

Alex Sullivan’s family called him “their real life super hero,” and he was at “The Dark Knight Rises” premiere celebrating his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary.

“Alex was a gentle giant, known and loved by so many. He always had a glowing smile on his face and he made friends with everyone. Alex enjoyed all sorts of movies, was an avid comic book geek and loved the New York Mets,” the family said in a statement.

Sullivan had a warm smile and an innocence that endeared him to people, said Shelly Fradkin, whose son Brian was good friends with Sullivan.

She sat next to a makeshift memorial Friday near the theater where an oversized birthday card with a photo of a smiling Sullivan was displayed.

“He’s amazing. He was just a big teddy bear. Great hugs,” she said.

She said Sullivan was such a big movie fan that he took jobs at theaters just to see movies.

Fradkin and her son spent an “excruciating” day trying to find Sullivan before learning of his death, she said.

“We’re shocked. We’re numb. We’re sick,” she said. “Our hearts are broken, and we’re crushed.”



CONDITION: Died from injuries sustained in the attack at the theater

AGE: 6

BIO: Veronica’s mother, Ashley Moser, was critically injured in the attack.

She had just learned to swim, and at age 6, she was a “great little girl, excited about life,” her great-aunt Annie Dalton said. “She should be at 6 years old.”

Her mother, Ashley Moser, remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds to her neck and abdomen. She has been in and out of consciousness and asking for her daughter during moments of lucidity.

“Nobody can tell her about it,” Dalton said. “She is in critical condition, but all she’s asking about is her daughter.”



CONDITION: Died at the scene of the shooting

AGE: 24

BIO: Alexander C. Teves, 24, of Phoenix, received a master’s degree in counseling psychology in June from University of Denver.

He was a lovable person who made friends quickly and had a lot of them, said his grandfather, Carlo Iacovelli of Barnegat, N.J.

As a boy, Teves moved from New Jersey to Phoenix with his parents. Iacovelli and his wife wintered there and spent a lot of time with him.

“He was what you might call an ideal grandson,” Iacovelli said. “He was a fun guy. He loved to eat.”

Teves was planning to become a psychiatrist, his grandfather said.

“He had a lot to look forward to,” Iacovelli said.

CONDITION: Died at the scene of the shooting
AGE: 32
Rebecca Ann Wingo

BIO:  Rebecca Ann Wingo had started a job several months ago as a customer relations representative at a mobile medical imaging company. She was 32.

Shannon Dominguez, who worked with Wingo on weekends, said she was friendly with everyone and always seemed to be in a good mood.

“I didn’t really know her well but she had a really bubbly personality,” Dominguez said. “She was a pretty happy person. She just never really seemed … like with work, she never got irritated. She was pretty happy to be here.”

She spent part of her childhood in Texas and is remembered by friends as a hard-working single mother who could light up a room with her smile and carefree spirit. She graduated from high school in Quinlan, east of Dallas.

Cody Shafer was helping organize a gathering of friends Sunday in Aurora to remember the 32-year-old Wingo. He says Wingo performed his and his partner Marq’s marriage ceremony in Iowa two years ago and remained a close friend.

Shafer says Wingo worked for a medical company and attended school, while raising her two daughters. She was an Air Force veteran.



CONDITION: Shot in the leg; expected to recover

AGE: Unknown

BIO: Yowler is a resident of St. Paris, Ohio. The Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun and WHIO-TV report that she is the daughter of St. Paris Fire Chief Scott Massie. Samantha Yowler moved to Colorado in November.

  • Anon

    And yet Americans still seem to think it’s a good idea to allow the unhappy, the sad, the careless, in fact ANYONE to have guns.  
    “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the preservation of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” 
    This is simple and clear.  A free state needs an army which needs arms.  Individuals, lunatic or otherwise, do not.


    • Jacko1253

       You can’t pick and choose yours or my rights. If you can decide to give away the 2nd amendment who will decide what other rights you will lose? Did the theater restrict the  patrons from protecting themselves in the theater by restricting their right to concealed carry? Did the shooter pay any attention to that restriction?

      • Please have some respect for the dead and their families.

        • Bill D

           Lighten up.(mostly because you’re way off base)

          • Sorry, if you feel like making jokes about this (by “lightening up”), feel free. If suggesting that people have respect for victims, friends, and family by not exploiting their suffering is off-base, then I feel sorry for your friends and family and am proud to be “off base.”

            And to you I say “Please have some respect for the dead and their families.”

          • Anon

            as an individual, I shun the evil that plagues society in forms of murderers like the man responsible for this.  However, I still support the second amendment.  I wish I could sight the exact numbers, but in Seattle, there are many registered gun owners.  20 deaths a year average.  Chicago on the other hand?

            There are NO registered gun owners in the whole city.  
            Over 100 deaths related to guns.  Not saying I can think of another constructive solution at the very moment, but we need to think of one that isn’t just a one size fits all idea.




          Because holmes was able to fire more than 50 rounds in less than one minute.  THATS WHY…. which means statistically speaking it would take atleast 200 people (if he would have had any additional magazines in his vest) to be sure u could stop him depending where he was located in the theatre at the time the first shot was fired.  Which means your chances for survival were higher if you ran.  Also he was dressed head to toe in bullet proof wear, including neck and groin protection.  You need to do your research.  There are many families out there who have been struck by tragedy by this incident and yet you dont think you saying they were stupid for running  could hurt them more.

          • Bill D

            No. That theater was filled with COWARDS. At least one person has stated that the shooter stopped to reload at least once. Just like the Columbine Cowards, the Aurora Cowards fell to the ground, curled up in a fetal position, pissed and/or crapped themselves, and prayed to their God du jour. Many others ran away, thinking only of themselves. THAT is why there are so many deaths and injuries. There are very few citizen heroes around that are brave, courageous, have some personal honor and integrity, and are True Americans in the best sense of the definition. No one knows what they would do in a situation like that, but I hope if I’m ever in one I don’t act like a coward.

          • Charlesstone53

            so brave, on the page. i am sure you would have curled up into the fetal position with the best of them.

          • Bill D

            Really? That’s the best you got? At least I openly hope that I wouldn’t act cowardly. By your inane comment, you are obviously hoping I would be a coward with you so you don’t look so bad, and can justify and rationalize your poor character. Good job.

          • Gargantua

            i don’t believe you have the right stuff, Bill.  You activity here indicates you aren’t worth saving.

          • Marquessa81

             I sat in a room with almost 400 students after they saw a classmate killed by a gun shot straight to the heart at the end of a school day.  Many of these kids were 17-19 years old, unarmed and scared out of their wits-much like the movie goers.  It is not all about courage.  It is also about life experience.  It is about the death of trust, and belief that the good guy always wins.  Quit bashing the youth as it only makes it worse for them to recover.  Where was I?  I was in a classroom doing after school tutoring when the shot rang on my campus-before Columbine, before schools talked about fences, and metal detectors and  lock down procedures.  But I am proud that even with loaded guns, we only lost one student that day and not the bus load the shooter tried to take.  I locked my class down for 8 hours with crying, scared kids.  NO police for hours, and not knowing when it was safe to open my door.  So you want to talk about what they went through in the theater?  I pray you never have to really know.

          • Wanda007

            how dare you assume a CIVILIAN should run toward flying bullets, or the one shooting. Sounds to me like they were HEROIC in their efforts to get themselves, their friends, or their families the HELL OUT OF THERE. One man DIED protecting his girlfriend. You are an idiot, obviously without people you care about. YOu should be praying for the victims and their families, not spewing stupidity. 

          • Bill D

            How DARE _YOU_ suggest or claim that a civilian should NOT run toward flying bullets or the shooter. You are one of the COWARDS I was talking about, and one of the reasons why America isn’t what it used to be. You and your kind are making America look bad and be lesser rather than greater. YOU are the worthless Idiot spewing asininity and stupidity. Now go bow down to your omnipotent, all-knowing, omni-benevolent “God”. Then rise to your knees, open your mouth, and pray to the one True God.

          • t2012

             and you are the reason that so many countries are disgusted with us.

          • t2012

             ya, i’m  that if it would have been you, you would have charged right towards a man with three loaded weapons. you definitely sound like the brave one.

          • Don’t feed the trolls. No sane individual could possibly hold this view.

          • Sherry laine

            Head to toe armor does’t preserve you from a running tackle or the shock of a bullet hit. Somehow if someone could have knocked him down.

          • MyPrayersRGoinOut2Every1<3

            Very well said!! My heart goes out 2 EVERYBODY invold. I cant emagine the pain they r goin through. Prayers r being said!!

        • Marquessa81

           All due respect, but I have been through a group shooting experience, and the common response with a young group (I was a teacher at a high school) is panic.  They do not have the life experience to do anything else.  Also, it was a theater -dark, narrow isles, and according to the report a sold out house, so it was crowded.  My heart and prayers go to all who survived and the families of all.

          • Booksarehowreligioncameup

            You are right I’m one of the 1 %. The people who can respond when something tramatic is happening and I love how all these people who think “I would do this and do that” are the one’s who sit and stare just like america trained them with books and television. If you have no experience STFU. I’m sick of dumb american’s and their religion of I read about, heard about, saw it on tv or on a piece of paper and that equals experience delusional reality. You people have no common sense and no perception. You’ll all be into the wild dead with a stack of generalized books.

      •  Jacko….I think the point Anon is making is the 2nd amendment had a purpose, but not the purpose the NRA claims. The 2nd amendment was created so that this country’s citizens had a right to bear arms and protect themselves from a government that might have gone rogue. The amendment is outdated, unless of course our government is about to attack it’s citizens.

        • Gargantua

          what is outdated is the notion that shotguns and semis are enough for a well armed militia.  the citizenry needs cruise missles, sidewinders, tanks and Bradley’s, armed drones, helos, etc, to keep pace with the rogue government.

      • Gun OWNER

        If he was planning on killing people i doubt he cared about the theatres little rulebook.  And if you even read the article above and all over the internet you would have noticed that these poor individuals didnt even stand a chance.  With the magazine recovered at the scene holmes had the ability to let off 50 to 60 rounds in less than ONE MINUTE.

      • Marquessa81

         Well, if we can say for medical reasons people can not operate cars and machines, I do not see why with medical conditions that make owning a gun a danger to ones self or to others they can not be disallowed this.

      • Had the gun man not been allowed to purchase said gun those people would have no reason to want or need to carry a concealed weapon! Young adults and children should have no need to go to the movies and bring protection…. Why do we need to allow semi automatic weapons to be sold? Those are definitely not going to be used for hunting…so why allow them to be sold? Stricter guidelines for purchase need to be in order, our rights never matter when it comes to human lives…

    • kdpt873

       And you apparently haven’t realized that if ANYONE ELSE in that theater had a gun, so many would not have been shot.
      You don’t protect people by taking away their rights. All that accomplishes is leaving the law abiding citizens helpless while the criminals have guns. People do things like this with arrogance because they know they will accomplish at least some of their goal, if not all of it, uninhibited.

    • Really!?

      You are absolutely right!!! If we don’t allow individuals to “bear arms”, those that use those guns to comit crimes than will think to themselves…”Oh man! I would break the law by obtaining this illegal gun. There is no way I can break a second law!”

      • Happy2

        ” Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

        That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thess. 2:1-4
        People have no Lord in their live, they are Lord. They want to say “I am in control of my life”, “what secrets I have stay a secret”, “I was made to go to church so I won’t make my kids go”. Then a tragedy happens when people turn their back from an Almighty God and say why did God allow that to happen? Why should God save those who reject Him constantly? He will sometimes the evidence is that in tragedy some survive. We can live under the cloud of thought that guns kill… Maybe it’s better say the character/soul behind the gun killed! Maybe we should all drive and take boat instead of planes because planes kill. Maybe we need to get rid of all the chemicals to make bombs and no one will get bombed. Some get saved and live a life without sharing their salvation or reject Christ and take people with them… Then expect God to shelter them like a parent… When were they ever His child? Christ gave His life and was beat beyond recognition for each one of us. But, to some it all “fairy tale”. When we are faced with life and death it will make us look into our soul and examine are you sure there is no God? Are you sure you are saved? Maybe God is slowing removing His hand from a nation who wants Him out! One day every godless person will get their wish… There will be no God in the world and no one to bother them with things of God… But I wouldn’t want to be here. More things will come when that happens… Those here will wish rocks would fall on them because they will be suffering. CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE? GOD OR MAN?

        • Bill D

          That’s NASTY!!!

      • Occhiolino

        I am ashamed to say Americans have become the most entitled, the most selfish, uncontrolled nation. Many don’t think the laws apply to them. People don’t even stop at stop signs. 

        There is a lack of concern for the other person (thank God there are pockets of kind, thoughtful, sharing, loving people as well). Everything moves to fast. To think you have to utilize a gun to intervene suggest a loss of one’s self. Collect yourself, as a community of love, compassion for one another work to heal and come together and recognize that in our midst are very wounded, violent souls. Accessibility to weapons is our truth unless you do something about it, you participate in it.

      • C’MONnow

        wow you arent thebrightest individual are you…. any criminal doesnt care how many laws they break…. and there are plenty of drug lords out there that own illegal firearms and killpeople with them… takeing the right to bear arms away does nothing in the eyes of a criminal.  GENIOUS!

    •  EVERYONE should have guns and know how to use them. If they did, less of this senseless junk would occur. There are more good people in this country than bad; the bad would be heavily outnumbered.

      A sure-fire way to begin another revolution in this country is to TRY to take our guns.  Ain’t gonna happen, so shut up about it.

    • Babyicant

      HOW DARE YOU!!!!!  This is not the time nor the platform to do this, If some sane person in the crown had a gun on him or her at the theatre, he or she might have been able to stop this psycho or at least saved a few people.!!!!!  Our Second Amendment allows AMERICANS to enjoy certain freedoms.  How Very LIBERAL of you to bring up your own personal agenda in this horrific time. 

      • Bill D

        HOW DARE YOU!!!!! This IS the time and the platform for you to bring up your obvious opposite agenda, no matter how naive, irrational, in denial, simplistic, cowardly-laced, and anti-American it is. I vehemently disagree with you and I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to YOUR death your right to say it. I doubt you would do the same for me.

    • Amy

      Anyone can get their hands on a gun. There is a black market for everything. No need to go blaming America for this. It was the individual that made the decision. Just because it is legal to own a gun does NOT mean that everyone who has a gun in their possession is doing so legally.

    • AG

      erm…you don’t get to redefine words when you quote the founding documents.  “Militia” does not now, nor has it ever, referred to a government sanctioned federal army.  It is specific language (with words you can look up…in a thing we call the “dictionary”) used to describe exactly the opposite.  A non-government force of civilian defenders.  But…thank you for playing.  

    • Sparkmanrl

      There are regulations that prevent mentally disturbed people from owning handguns.

    • anonymous

      We cannot let
      “anti-constitutionalists” use this as an argument for tighter gun
      control. Let’s use this tragedy to evaluate why so many mentally ill people
      are not getting the attention they need because GUNS DON’T KILL

    • Resistanceforliberty

       Learn your history and the main reason for the guns is against Tyranny

    • Duh

      A militia is nowhere NEAR an army…

  • No

    It’s Lowak, no e.

  • Trey

    I pray for the families and the victims. One look at the grief of a father in a news picture and I broke down. If just one other person inside that theater had their own gun, perhaps the madman could have been stopped sooner.

    • alwaysthink

      The shooter had body amour so even the best marksman would not have been able to take him out with any handgun.

      Plus it was dark and smokey.

      If some big guys had gotten an opportunity to tackle him that would have worked better.  Just like Tuscon were the senior dropped the guy not the guy with the concealed carry who couldn’t figure out who to shoot.

      • alwaysthinkmore

         Because a gas mask can stop a clip being emptied on it?

        • RenDP

          Because a throat guard and riot headgear could. As an added bonus, one of the attendees was an off-duty policeman who was armed, for all the good it did him. Thanks for playing.

          • Bill D

            So why didn’t he “serve and protect”??? Of course, most cops are such bad shots that they couldn’t shoot their own foot if their life depended on it. If I was front row center (or anywhere else) and I was armed with a concealed weapon, MAYBE one or two people would have been hurt or killed, or I would die trying. The “nice thing” about ballistic helmets is that if you shoot them in the face the bullet ricochets back and forth turning the brain into scrambled eggs. Then there’s always the hands, feet, and all of the MANY places that body armor doesn’t protect. All body armor is good for is protecting your vital organs so there is less of a chance of death. They do not prevent you from being shot or getting hurt. Regardless, being hit with body armor on still hurts like a mother_ucker and would probably have slowed him down enough for someone to jump on him.

          • kazimir

             All I hear right all I hear is HOT air. In a dark theater, hit with tear gas and totally surprised….yeah right buddy. I am sure you are a marine sniper too.

            I am sure the gunman would stop and pose for you too.

            Get over yourself.

            You ever try to aim a gun in the dark? No night vision or laser sight….I bet you can”t.

            If there was a police officer there. Where was he sitting? You weren’t there and you have no idea.

            So stop arm-chair being a hero.

  • guest


  • people have guns, legally or not

  • Wilburn

    Anon..if every member of that theatre was carrying a weapon the shooter would have picked another target….LIKE A SCHOOL! It’s a FACT that taking fire arms away from Legal owners only allows illegal guns and criminals shoot them. 

  • Mkneeland25

    May God bless you all.

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  • Happy2

    It’s an America that took the Lord out of everything! Wickedness is wild. The theology of life is “do what you, want when you want, and how you want”. “What stays a secret is a secret”; “As long as my children are happy”. Adult said,”I was made to go to church and I am not making my children.” Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

  • Texas Father Of 3

    The Right To Bear Arms is for self protection and survival.  In Texas, much of kansas nebraska COLORADO and other states it is also a way of survival.  Not all of america is urban and much of it contains various woods and farms.  This moron (i dont care how “smart he is … to attempt to kill this many people you have to be a moron) abused the right to have one.  That doesnt mean my kids should starve and that no one should be allowed to have  guns other than “the militia”  .  Guns havee been a way of life much longer than skyscrapers and mcdonalds.  You may like your fake foods , but remember that behind every true steak and link of sausage someone had to do the dirty work.  While this situation is extremely unfortunate and sad,  it was the individual not the gun itself that took the lives of some and wounded many.  Thanks to our wonderful judicial system he will wreak the consequences of his untimely decision.  Also ANON, if you knew anything about firearms you would know that in most states you cannot purchase a firearm if you are a registered  sex offender or a mentally unstable individual.  Unfortunately for us,  holmes was one of those that was completely normal and just snapped.

  • Jcpgep

    If some “citizen” had had a licensed firearm, maybe the toll would have been lower due to his carnage being interrupted. Makes one think, doesn’t it???

  • Amknighten

    Praying for the family and friends of the brothers and sisters we lost in such a senseless shooting.

  • Mema29

    This is so horrific, I pray for the dead and for all who have were there.  

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  • Heart felt condolences to all the victims, family and friends. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and ease the grief,

  • maryj

    Guns Rifles should not be heart goes out too all that has died,and the ones that have survied…my son was murdered almost 3yrs ago,he was only 24yrs 4 months after his death he had a beautiful little girl…hope against hope.

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  • mark from Fresno Ca

    while the tradgic nature of such a sensless crime is a shock to the moral compass of the American spirit, it does serve to remind all of us that regardless of opinions, socio-economical, or poilitcal demographics that at our core we are simply Americans”, and as such we will endure and grow ever stronger in the wake of chaos. Blaming the mentally ill or guns does not resolve the lingering question of how this occured and to try and rationalize the irrational is like sitting in a rocking chair, it will give you something to do but in the end you have gotten no where. hold your loved ones close and remember no of us are promised a long and fruitful life. We simply must live and strive to make each day memorable and rewarding so that in the end, even if it is tomorrow you can be remembered as someone who truely lived. God Bless America

    • Spirited debate

      An eloquent post. You lifted my spirit a bit. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I want to know where the cops were. I live in NC and every theatre around here has a cop stationed for security. Come on now, its a midnight showing and you have no police officers?

  • Willolio

    when will we as americans set down our guns for the common good, no western civilized country has as many violent crimes as we do…its an abomination!

  • Anony

    If we make guns illegal, then only criminals will be carrying them. No gun law would have stopped this guy, he was determined to do it no matter what. My heart and prayers go out to the victims families.

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  • Myra1423

    to the dear young man who asked “Where is he when you need him?”  He was right there with you, He kept you from being killed.  My most heartfelt prayers for your recovery and prayers for everyone who has been affected by this awful, awful thing.

    • Anon2012

       He was talking about Batman.

  • guest

    criminals are criminals and when someone wants to get a weapom in their hands and inflict harm on many or a singe persons they will get it done. Right to bear arms or not they will break the law and kill.  

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  • Swmoore2011

    very thorough – thank you –

  • I wonder why there is even a debate about weapons, when our country should be more concerned about mental health and something that we should be taught from a young age to be able to spot someone that is slightly off their rocker before it is too late. Someone at his school, someone who knew him, someone should have seen the signs.

  • Swmoore2011

    I believe they’ve confirmed: 
    Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress

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  • Anon.

    If just one person sitting in that theater, one off-duty policeman, one P.I. with a license to carry, how many could have been saved…

  • Indyrice

    I am so devistated for ALL of you people. I am so sorry for what man kind is capable of. My prayers are with every single one of you and your families. For the longest road ahead. And I can only imagine how hard it will be for you. And how unfortunate it will be that you even have to do this 🙁

  • Inappropriate drama

    Go away! Your drama isn’t needed here.

  • Terri

    Holmes and James Holmes alone is to blame for this senseless tragedy.
    Not the gun manufacturer, the ammunition manufacturer. Nor Al Quaeda, or
    President Obama, not the Batman movie or the Republican party. I’m sure
    the anti gun douchebags are going to come out of the woodwork now
    though. Stay vigilant and if you have not gotten a concealed carry
    license, then get on it. The “It wont happen to me” mentality is no
    longer a viable excuse. To protect your family if nothing else. A
    concealed carry license will probably cost you around $250 total. Can
    you put a price on saving your loved ones?

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  • Maxx

    I’m wondering why a 6 year-old was there. And a baby! What were the parents thinking?

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  • Daffreid

    such an idiotic selfish behavior:must have been manic

  • Jennifer deWit

    There is no worse tragedy in the world than losing a child.  I am so sorry for every parent and family member who has just been the victim of a nightmare that will never end.  It is unbearably painful. 

    Here are some blogs and websites to help families and friends understand and cope with the death of a child.

    However, nothing will ever bring each unique individual back. They will be missed forever.

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  • Guest

    This is a very heartbreaking  event and Iwe have you all in prayers…….

  • Amy

    Praying for each and every family…

  • jacklyn johnson

    My heart goes out
    to the victims’ families. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk memorial
    page Christina. I will make sure to visit it.

  • Robnstacey1124

    I can’t believe so many people here think those in the theater should have rushed him or shot him, As a human I don’t think of myself, but my family and for them to be happy, that would only happen if I’d get out safe and ALIVE. Most people don’t think of taking down the shooter they think of themselves only because they have a family that needs them.  The human thing to do is to run away from the situation, it’s the body’s natural way of working. It’s called “flight or fight” look it up. It doesn’t make you a coward, if anything it makes you a hero for saving yourself so your children don’t have to grow up without a mother, or your mom don’t have to mourn a child. It is a sad and senseless act that no one could have foreseen. People change so rapidly during mental breakdowns and they hide it very well. My heart goes out to the victims and also to the gunmans family. They as well will never have a normal life again. I feel for his little sister who didn’t ask for any of this to happen.

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  • Ryana

    shut the F up u stupid freaking Idiot!!!

  • Kristen

    After looking at this article I am more resolved now than before to refuse to state this mans name. Instead I choose to read about, pray and hope for those who were lost, injured and their families. Those are the people that need our support the most. This issue, I believe, is not about who did what, what could have gone differently, or what those people in the theater did. This is about the victims, their families and how we all can let them know they are in our thoughts. 

  • Lilcowgal

    That’s it?  All these beautiful countrymen and women blown away from us…all this suffering…and the comments are about politics and name-calling??

    I wanted to know who paid for all this murderer’s stuff…a lot of expensive arms and equipment. I thought maybe his parents gave him a plastic card and didn’t monitor it enough.  Well, I found the answer to who paid for it all:

    We did…the taxpayer.  The little genius got full scholarship and $26,000 in spending money from you and me.  What a world!

  • Awertsbaugh

    Don’t forget to add Farrah Soudani. Injured and still going through surgery.

  • Scottco77

    Imagine how many lives would have been saved and how many would not have been wounded if 1 or 10 or 100 people were legally armed and protected their fellow human beings.

    • Marquessa81

       Being a registered and legal gun owner would not necessarily have saved anyone in this scenario.  Shooting a gun in a dark, crowded theater seems tantamount to more innocent deaths with people shooting at anyone who shot, and bullets going in multiple directions or hitting fleeing targets.  There is a reason that it is against the law to yell fire in a theater.  It is the same reason that having a gun would be a poor choice in this situation.  Plus, the shooter did legally obtained his guns, so this is no guarantee that people who have a legal gun is a safe choice anymore.  Laughner in Tucson also legally owned his gun.

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  • Guest

    Noticed a lot of the deceased were active/inactive duty.

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