Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Remembering Those from the Colorado Massacre

Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured in Aurora, 

Colo., during a sold-out midnight premiere of the new 

Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." 

The shooting was the worst in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 

2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas.

Alexander J. Boik, age 18.
Jonathan Blunk, age 26. 
Jesse Childress, age 29.
Gordon Cowden, age 51.
Jessica Ghawi, age 24.
John Larimer, age 27.
Matt McQuinn, age 27.
Micayla Medek, age 23.
Alex Sullivan, age 27.
Alexander C. Tever, age 24.
Rebecca Wingo, age 32.
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6.

These men and women, along with a little girl, have all died in a senseless and brutal attack made by James Holmes four days ago. During opening night of The Dark Knight Rises, Holmes got in front of the theater and just open-fired. These are the twelve people who have died:

Blunk jumped in front of his girlfriend when the killer fired their direction. He died saving her life. McQuinn and Teves also died as heroes; McQuinn and his girlfriend's brother both tried to shield her. She and her brother survived, but McQuinn was left behind. Teves died protecting his girlfriend as well.

Medek wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life. She worked at Subway and was continuing education in hopes of getting a higher-paying job. Her friends described her as "very spiritual and close to God."

Cowden, the oldest of the twelve to die, brought his two teenaged children with him to the theater. His life was taken, but by the grace of God his kids escaped unharmed. A family spokesperson described Gordon Cowden as a "true Texas gentlemen that loved life and his family."

According to his personal Facebook page, Alexander  J "AJ" Boik was an independent distributor for Organo Gold, a coffee company, and lived in Aurora, Colorado. 

Ghawi was an aspiring sports journalist who also went by the name Jessica Redfield. Jessica Ghawi previously survived a mass shooting in a Toronto mall and ever since then she believed that she should never take one second of life for granted.

Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday. He tweeted one hour before the movie, "Oh man one hour till the movie and its going to be the best BIRTHDAY ever". The next day was to be his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Cassie. 

Wingo joined the Air Force after high school, and served as a translator in Mandarin ChineseChildress was also in the Air Force  as a reservist and a cybersystems operator on active duty. Larimer himself had served in the Navy about a year and was attached to a cryptology (information operations) unit.

Veronica was a cute little blond girl who was just learning how to swim and was excited about life. Her mother is in the hospital right now in critical condition, suffering from gun shot wounds in her neck and abdomen, and doesn't yet know that her 6-year-old daughter is dead. 

Pray for these people and their families. 

May God have mercy on them

Pray for those who were injured

That they will recover safely

And pray for the killer, James Holmes

Who may suffer the death penalty

May God have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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