James Eagan HOLMES
Jonathan T. Blunk, 26
Jonathan Blunk, 26, served in the Navy for five years, said his
father, Randall Blunk. Mr. Blunk had a
4-year-old daughter and a
2-year-old son, his father said. His wife, from whom he was
lives in Reno, Nev.
Mr. Blunk was at the movie with his girlfriend, Jansen Young, who
told the “Today” show on Saturday
that he died protecting her from
the shooter. “Jon just took a bullet for me,” Ms. Young said
Mr. Blunk left the Navy about a year and a half ago after serving
on an aircraft carrier for five years,
and he worked installing
hardwood flooring, his father said. He was trying to re-enlist in
“He was just a really great person,” his father said. “He was into four-wheel driving like I am.
He had a Jeep – he was an
Alexander Boik, 18
Alexander Boik, 18, known as A.J., attended Gateway High School
He was accepted at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
where he had planned on attending
classes in the fall, according to
a statement by his family. He had hoped to become an art teacher
open his own studio.
His family described him as "a talented young man who enjoyed
baseball, making pottery and music."
His classmates remembered him as funny and outgoing in the tributes
that filled status
updates on Facebook and posts on Twitter.
On Tumblr, one classmate wrote that he was a “wonderful friend
and person to be around, and you
were my friend. From orchestra to
banquets to graduation parties and many more memories
school. Your loving, caring, talented, and freakin’ hilarious self
will be missed, but
your spirit lives on in your friends and
Jesse E. Childress, 29
Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, from Thornton, Colo., was an Air
Force reservist on active duty with
the 310th Forces Support
Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, according to Air Force
Credit: U.S. Air Force, via Associated Press
Gordon W. Cowden, 51
On the night of the shooting, Gordon W. Cowden, 51, had taken his
two teenage children to the movies,
according to the Denver Post.
(The teenagers were not injured.) In a statement, his family called
a “true Texas gentleman” who “loved life and his family.” He was
an outdoorsman and small business
owner with a “keen sense of humor”
who traveled the world. “He will be remembered for his devotion
his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing,
no matter the obstacle,” his family said.
Jessica Ghawi, 24
Enthusiastic and confident, Jessica Ghawi was a college student
pursuing a career in sports radio.
She worked as an intern at a
Denver radio station this summer and planned to apply for
internships in the fall.
Her brother, Jordan Ghawi, immediately flew to Aurora to act as
her next of kin, and left messages
of mourning on social media. “Let
us remember the names of the victims and not the name
of the coward
who committed this act,” he said on Twitter.
John Larimer, 27
Petty Officer Third Class John Larimer, 27, joined the Navy last
summer and was a cryptologic technician.
Petty Officer Larimer, who
had been stationed in Aurora since October, was one of five children
and grew up in Crystal Lake, Ill., his father said.
“We’re still in shock,” his father, Scott Larimer, said.
“Unfortunately in the military you expect him to be
in harm’s way,
but not in a theater.”
The Navy released a statement on Saturday from Petty Officer
Larimer’s commander, Cmdr. Jeffrey
Jakuboski: “I am incredibly
saddened by the loss of Petty Officer John Larimer — he was an
outstanding shipmate. 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
victims of this horrible
Matthew R. McQuinn, 27
Matthew Robert McQuinn, 27, died shielding his longtime
girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, who was shot
in the knee and
hospitalized, according to a family spokesman. Mr. McQuinn, a 2004
of Vandalia-Butler High School in Vandalia, Ohio, is
originally from Springfield, Ohio.
Mr. McQuinn and Ms. Yowler, who had been dating since March 2009,
moved to Colorado last year
and took jobs at Target. Ms. Yowler's
brother, Nick Yowler, lives in Colorado. He had accompanied
couple to the movie screening and escaped uninjured after also
shielding his sister
and pulling her from the theater.
Micayla Medek, 23
Micayla Medek, 23, worked at a Subway sandwich shop and took
classes at the Community College
of Aurora. She went by Cayla, was
outgoing and had a good group of friends, her aunt,
Jennifer Zakovich, said.
“She was working at a Subway, trying to figure out what she
wanted to do with her life,” her aunt said
on Saturday. “She was her
dad’s best friend. She and her sister were inseparable.”
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
Six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, who lived in Denver, had
just started swimming and had fallen
in love with it, said her
cousin, Katherine Young, 15.
“She was really good at it. I taught her to longboard, so she
loved doing that too,” Katherine said.
“She was just a radiant, happy little girl. She was just so
happy. She could brighten anyone’s day,”
said Katherine, who managed
to grin while recalling her cousin. “She was really young.
really young. Just a happy girl.”
Veronica’s mother, Ashley Moser, was also seriously wounded —
shot twice in her abdomen and once
in the neck — and is still
hospitalized, Katherine said. Ms. Moser was in the process of
nursing school, family members said.
Alex M. Sullivan, 27
Alex Sullivan attended the midnight movie to celebrate his 27th
birthday, his family said in a statement.
“The Sullivan family lost a cherished member of their family
today,” the statement said. “Alex was
smart, funny and, above all,
loved dearly by his friends and family.”
“In the hours after the shooting on Friday, Mr. Sullivan’s father
could be seen on local television channels.
He went from camera to
camera holding up a black and white photo of his son, begging for
help in finding him.
“Somebody find him and call us,” he said in one video. “Today is
his birthday, for God’s sake.”
In a blog post, Ryan Frost, a friend, remembered meeting him at a
comic book event in Denver in June.
Mr. Sullivan’s friends called
him Sully, and he was a huge fan of comic books, Mr. Frost wrote.
“We joked about how our wives put up with our comic books and all
of our other nerdy stuff,” Mr. Frost wrote.
Alexander C. Teves, 24
Alexander C. Teves, 24, had just graduated with a master’s degree
in counseling psychology, and was
going back to school for a
doctorate in physical therapy. He thought he could help even more
people that way, said his girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren.
They liked “to adventure,” as he called it, heading out of town
to see a country show or some such event.
They also had fun closer
to home: hanging out in their apartment talking, or going on a “pool
to their building’s swimming pool.
They were together in the theater when the shooting broke out.
Mr. Teves pulled Ms. Lindgren down and
wrapped his arms around her
head, shielding her.
“He was my angel that day, he saved me," Ms. Lindgren said.
he’s been my angel since the day I met him.”
Rebecca Wingo, 32
Rebecca Wingo, 32, a single mother with two daughters, took
classes at Aurora Community College and
attended Mile Hi Church in
Lakewood, Colo., said Gail Riffle, a friend from church who put two
bears in her honor at a memorial for the victims.
“She was a lovely young woman,” Ms. Riffle said.