In all, 12 are now dead, including children and teenagers. Fifty nine are reported wounded and have been taken to five area hospitals. Among the dead is a six-year-old girl. The 10 bodies that laid in the theater all day Friday have now been removed, the last being removed after 7:00 ET on Friday. Reports are that cell phones were ringing inside the theater as investigators were going about their business, some dropped by fleeing patrons and some belonging to the dead themselves.
President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney paused their campaigns Friday to remember the victims. President Obama said he and the First Lady were “shocked and saddened” by the shootings, and urged Americans to “come together as one American family.” The President also ordered all federal flags to half-staff. Governor Romney echoed the President’s sentiments.
Theaters across the country showing the film are adding security and banning costumes, traditionally worn by fans at the premiers of major motion pictures. In Paris, the premier was cancelled. It should also be noted that the Cinema 16 Theater is a mere 12 miles from Columbine High School, site of Colorado’s last deadly massacre by two students there in 1999.
List of Victims:
Alex Sullivan–he died on his 27th birthday; Sunday would have been his first wedding anniversary; he was an employee of the theater, but not working Friday
Micayla Medek, 23, very religious young woman
Jessica Ghawi, 24, an aspiring sports reporter; she barely escaped a mass shooting in Toronto, Canada, last month; her family asks that you tweet “RIP Jessica”
Matt McQuinn, 27, died shielding his girlfriend
Petty Officer John Thomas Larimer, 27, U. S. Navy; serving at his first post at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora; he had joined the Navy in June, 2011
Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, U. S. Air Force; he was a reservist on active duty with the 310 Force Support Squadron
Jonathan Blunk, 26, served in the Navy from 2004 to 2009; leaves behind a 4-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy
Alexander Jonathan Boik, 18, had been accepted into Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design; he planned on being an art teacher and opening his own studio
Alex Teeves, 24, recently graduated from Morgridge College of Education
Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32, a student at the Community College of Aurora; leaves behind two daughters
Gordon W. Cowden, 51, originally from Austin, Texas; leaves behind four children
Veronica Moser, 6, had just learned how to swim; her mother is paralyzed and in critical condition in a Colorado hospital, but doesn’t know her child is dead
Click here to watch the interview with the father of the six-year-old killed