Monday, July 23, 2012

6-year-old girl, sailor, aspiring broadcaster among Colorado shooting victims Pge2

Alexander Jonathan Boik, 18
Boik, known as AJ, graduated earlier this year from Gateway High School in Aurora, his family said in a statement. He was accepted to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and planned to be an art teacher and open his own studio.He attended the movie with his girlfriend, who survived the attack, the family said. She was not identified.A friend, Jordan Crofter, described Boik as someone who "didn't hold anything back. He was just his own person.""He was a ball of joy. He was never sad or depressed. He wanted everybody to be happy," Crofter told The Associated Press.

Jesse Childress, 29
Former soldier and Air Force Reservist Jesse Childress was the kind of guy who would do anything for anybody.
“My brother’s wheelchair broke,” said one long-time neighbor in Lake Los Angeles, Calif., where Childress grew up. “He (Jesse) fixed it and didn’t charge him a dime.”
Childress, a staff sergeant on active duty at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, where he served as a cyber-system operator, was at the midnight showing with fellow reservist Munirih Gravelly when James Holmes allegedly set off a can of tear gas before opening fire in the jam-packed theater.
"As soon as that little gas can exploded, I said, 'This is wrong,'” Gravelly told NBC LA. She dove to the floor and was wounded by buckshot but kept her face down.
"He was a fun-loving individual," his colleague Sgt. Alejandro Sanchez told the Associated Press. "If you needed help, no matter the time of day he would stay late. He would come in early to help out the unit in any way he can, even if it meant long hours."
"I feel really sorry that he's gone,” she said. “None of us noticed until the lights, until it was over, that he was gone. None of us were there to hold his hand, look him in the eye while he passed. ... I lost a friend."

Alex Teves, 24
Teves was a 2006 graduate of Desert Vista High School in the Tempe (Ariz.) Unified School District, NBC station KPNX of Phoenix reported.
University of Denver released a statement saying Teves graduated from the Morgridge College of Education recently, and identified his home town as Phoenix.

Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32
An Aurora resident originally from Quinlan, Texas, Wingo was a mother of two daughters, her friends said in social media postings. She was a waitress at Joe’s Crab Shack and was a student at the Community College of Aurora, the Denver Post reported.
“I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man," Steve Hernandez wrote on his daughter’s Facebook page, the Post reported. "My grief right now is inconsolable. I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable."

Gordon W. Cowden, 51
Cowden was the oldest victim identified by the Arapahoe County coroner’s office.
Cowden grew up in Austin, Texas, and is the father of four children, his friend Jane Gibson told NBC News. “I had texted him yesterday to see how he was (after hearing of the shooting), I never heard back from him.”  His parents and siblings live in Texas, she said.
"A quick witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle," his family said.

NBC News' Miranda Leitsinger, Alex Johnson, Jim Gold, Elizabeth Chuck, Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube, MSNBC's Dax Tejera, Beverly White and John Simerson of NBC Los Angeles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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