6-year-old girl youngest victim of ‘Batman’ massacre in Colorado
Relatives have confirmed 6-year-old Veronica Moser was killed during the premiere of the latest Batman saga, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, in Colorado. Her 25-year-old mother remains in hospital in critical condition.
10 people died during the attack in the theatre, and two more succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters that the last of the 10 deceased victims from the midnight showing of a Batman movie has been removed from the theater.
In a tragic twist of fate, one of the victims of this rampage was aspiring sportscaster Jessica Ghawi – who survived the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto just one month ago. In a moving blog post she wrote a few weeks ago, Jessica spoke about that day, saying she ” saw the terror on bystanders’ faces.”
“I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath,” the journalist wrote.
Her brother Jordan confirmed her death to reporters as he was catching a flight from her native San Antonio, Texas to Denver.
He took to Twitter to say “‘This could easily be the worst night of my life. It appears that my sister has been fatally wounded in a mass shooting at a movie premiere in Denver, CO.”
Jessica was attending the premiere with a friend, Brent Lowak, who was reportedly shot at least one time and was taken to a nearby hospital.
On Saturday morning, parents of sailor John Larimer said Navy officials notified them that their 27-year-old son was one of the 12 killed.
The family said that Larimer’s brother is working with the Navy to take his body home to Crystal Lake, Ill. He was with a unit that belongs to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet at Buckley Air Force.
Matt McQuinn, 27, was killed after heroically diving in front of his girlfriend and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire.
And Alex Sullivan had planned to ring in his 27th birthday with friends at a special midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” and then celebrate his first wedding anniversary on Sunday.
Late Friday, Sullivan’s family confirmed that police told them he was among those killed.