I’ve been contemplating writing about the Aurora, Colorado shootings during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises”. As journalists, we tend to make celebrities out of those who have committed murder and thus, I did not want to glorify this killer. We also did not want to write about the story just for the sake of pageviews, as some seemingly do.
There have been countless stories about James Holmes since this tragedy erupted. He wounded and killed so many people and should never be glorified for his crimes. As he entered the theater, he played God and claimed the lives of innocent people who were just in attendance to get the first look at the new “Batman” movie.
With that, we will not write up a story every time something happens or we learn new information about this deranged criminal. We do not care about his Match.com profile, his days in youth camp or anything that takes away the pain of those he hurt.
Instead, we suggest that you, our readers, take time out of your day to learn the names of those who lost their lives in this horrific incident. They are, as follows:
Jessica Ghawi – A 24-year-old sports writer. She was snarky, witty and had a knack for the written word. She narrowly escaped death in a Toronto mall shooting just last month. She went by the name Jessica Redfield, professionally.
Jonathan Blunk – He was a father of two children and also had served five years in the Navy. He was planning on visiting his estranged wife and children the day after the shooting.
A.J. Boik – An 18-year-old kid who played lacrosse at Gateway High School in Aurora, Coloroda. He was an employee of the Organo Gold coffee company. He was in attendance with his girlfriend and another friend to see the movie, but did not survive. His friends did make it out of the theater alive.
Gordon Cowden – A 51-year-old man who had taken his two kids to the theater to see the movie. He was a loving father with a great sense of humor. He did not survive, but his children made it out of the theater with their lives. He was the eldest of the twelve victims.
Jesse Childress – Jesse was a staff sergeant in the Air Force Reserves and had been on active duty.
Micayla Medek — Micayla was a student at the Community College of Aurora and was gearing up to graduate in 2015. She wrote on her Facebook About page, “I’m a simple, independent girl who’s just trying to get her life together.”
Matt McQuinn – A 27-year-old man who had been protecting his girlfriend from gun shots. He was killed in the shootings and his girlfriend Samantha Yowler was struck in the knee. She lives and is expected to make a full recovery.
John Larimer – A 27-year-old Naval Petty Officer Third Class. His commanding officer said, “He will be missed by all who knew him.”
Veronica Moser-Sullivan – The youngest victim of this senseless tragedy, Veronica was only six-years-old. She had just learned how to swim and was full of life. Her mother, Ashley Moser, has been critically injured and is constantly asking about the fate of her daughter. Family members have not yet been able to tell her the horrific news of her daughter’s passing.
Alex Sullivan – He was an employee at the theater who spent his 27th birthday watching “The Dark Knight Rises”. On Sunday, he was planning to celebrate his first year anniversary with his wife Cassie.
Rebecca Wingo – A 32-year-old mother of two daughters. She joined the Air Force after completing high school and became a Mandarin Chinese translator. Her father said, “I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable. Lord why, why, why???”
Alex Teves – A 24-year-old graduate of the University of Denver and a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He had earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.
May they all rest in peace and may justice be swift.