"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
Ronald Reagan

Monday, July 23, 2012

CBS Sunday Morning - The Events of Aurora

Steve Barton Survivor
Lee Cowan reports on just what happened on a fateful night at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

The following is a list of those who died.

Pray for their Families, Friends and co-workers.

Jonathan T. Blunk, 26:"He took a bullet for me," Jansen Young, Blunk's girlfriend, told NBC's Today Show. The couple, dating since October, according to Young, had been surprised to be able to get tickets on the day of the popular movie's premiere. Jansen said that when the bullets started flying, Blunk, who had some military experience and who had been planning to re-enlist in the military, pushed her under the seat to get her out of the line of fire and likely saved her life.
Alexander J. Boik, 18:CBS Denver reports that Boik was from Aurora and that the family released a statement saying he "was a wonderful, handsome and loving 18-year-old young man with a warm and loving heart." The statement says Boik was at the movie with his girlfriend, who survived the attack.
Jesse E. Childress, 29:An Air Force reservist, Sgt. Childress was a cyber-systems operator, the Air Force said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. He was from Thornton, Colo.
Gordon W. Cowden, 51:The oldest victim killed in the shooting, the New York Daily News says Cowden was a divorced father of four who worked from his Aurora home as a real estate appraiser. According to the Denver Post, the family released a statement saying he was "a true Texas gentleman that loved life and his family."
Jessica N. Ghawi, 24:An aspiring sportswriter and blogger, Ghawi recently wrote of surviving a Toronto shooting. Described by friends as outgoing, smart and witty, Ghawi wrote that the incident in Toronto taught her to appreciate every moment of life. NPR's Eyder Peralta wrote about Ghawi's tragic story on Friday.
John T. Larimer, 27:A U.S. Navy sailor, Larimer was a Petty Officer 3rd Class and had been assigned to Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora in October 2011, where he worked as a cryptologic technician. Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski, Larimer's commanding officer, said in a statement that Larimer was "was an outstanding shipmate" and a "valued member of our Navy team," reports the Chicago Tribune.
Matthew McQuinn, 27:McQuinn's identification is awaiting final confirmation from the coroner, but his family's attorney confirmed in a statement that he was among those killed. The New York Times reports that McQuinn threw his body in front of his longtime girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, shielding her from the bullets that took his life. Yowler was hit by a bullet in her right knee, according to the statement, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Micayla C. Medek, 23:A graduate of William C. Hinkley High School in Aurora, Medek said on her Facebook page she was a member of the class of 2015 of the Community College of Aurora, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I'm a simple independent girl who's just trying to get her life together while still having fun," she wrote. The Times reports that friends said they tried to carry her out of theater after she was wounded, but paramedics said there was nothing they could do and told them to leave her behind.
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6:The youngest of those killed in the shooting, Veronica's mother, 25-year-old Ashley Moser, was also injured. A relative described Jessica as a "vibrant 6-year-old" who had just learned how to swim.
Alex M. Sullivan, 27:Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday with a day out at the movies with friends to see The Dark Knight Rises. His uncle, Joe Loewenguth, told The Associated Press that he "was a very good young man," and that "he always made you laugh." Before the movie, Sullivan posted on his Twitter feed: "one hour till the movie and its going to be the best BIRTHDAY ever."
Alexander C. Teves, 24:CBS Denver says Teves attended Desert Vista High School in Phoenix and graduated in 2006. He earned a master's degree in counseling psychology in June from the University of Denver.
Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32:According to her Facebook page, Wingo had attended Aurora Community College as well as worked for the U.S. Air Force. Wingo's father, Steve Hernandez, posted the following to Facebook: "I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man, my grief right now is inconsolable. I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable ... I love you my daughter Rebecca, we all will miss you."

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