- "A date night. A family outing. An escape from a meaningless, pointless argument... a first kiss, eagerly awaited.
A special treat for throwing the winning pitch, or swimming the fastest lap, or an "A" in summer school. Returning from a deployment--- home on leave--- reuniting with loved ones? A dreadful reward for sacrifices made, bravely, for your country.
Trying to keep the marriage alive. Hanging out with friends. Girl's night out? And, now, this--- just as the wounded, twisted, battered Columbine blossoms had, finally, retaken root and begun to, thickly, bloom.
There are so many reasons why people were there at midnight, into this morning. So many reasons for the anticipation and excitement, yet what was the shooter's reason for his inconceivable crime? What was wrong with James Holmes? Not yet twenty-five; for whom life had barely begun--- yet which, it appears, he felt was devoid of value or hope or dreams. What was the straw that broke this young man's back? What would have made him throw it all away? What would have fueled his distant and, shockingly, well thought-out plan?
- Who, or what, broke James Eagen Holmes? What turns a good man bad? What leads a man to attempt to slaughter seventy human beings? And to take the dearest dozen?
- A man, even while only young, possessed of a Sociological Imagination*, were he sane, could not have possibly committed such a heinous rampage! For even while in the midst of his personal troubles, he surely would have recognized that his personal troubles did not outweigh the common good of the Social Issues or the social structure. But this imagination he, obviously, lacked because, judging by his acts, he felt entirely trapped and hopeless. Or was he completely insane?
...And, what of, the precious ones that died today... what would have been their fates, had the troubled man overslept, or had too much to drink? Is there a President, or a surgeon or a pageant queen among them? The world will never know. Say their names! Pronounce the names of the dead, in your loudest voice, so that their identities can ascend to the heavens and find themselves. We must say their names! The futility and wastefulness of their lives, too soon, halted! Shout their names so the Lord's Angels can swiftly fly in, and gather them up!
No more tears for Colorado. Not now, even as the ashes and embers of the wildfires are finally threatening no more. Colorado has wept since the extermination of The Cheyenne people at Sand Creek in 1864. The sting of Columbine's grief still wrenches and sickens the soul. And yesterday's immolation, which displaced so many from their homes. And today...? Today. How much more can one place be expected to endure?
His tools of murder were legally procured. The protocols, reportedly, followed. So how in the hell does this happen?
"Guns don't kill people! People kill people!" the anti-gun-control lobby blithely chants among the chorus of lemmings. Yet, if the laws were more stringent, would seventy people, times one-hundred forty-two loved ones, times five-hundred sixty-eight degrees of exponential acquaintance been brutalized today?
Sing for the fallen, and the survivor, and the perpetrator alike. Sing to comfort the spirits of the dead. Sing, to soothe the aggrieved! Sing to invoke the justice and supreme vengeance and mercy of the Goddess: Aurora! Sing! Sing--- that she will strengthen us in the face of the dreadful, unjustifiable, self-indulgent, treatment-desperate sickness, of the fanciful desperation of the one who walked away.
Twenty minutes turned into seventy lifetimes whose own movies played before the big-screen, and, for some, ended far too soon.
No more tears for Colorado, please. The nation's tears will suffice. Ascend, Aurora, and embrace the lost and pained through, these, their desperate hours."
- Here is a (partial and ongoing) list of confirmed and unconfirmed victims of the Aurora tragedy. The names are coming forth slowly, but I will add the entire list to the post upon release!
Jesse Childress *
- Zak Golditch
Jessica Ghawi *
Micayla Medek *
Bonnie Kate Pourciau
Anggiat M. Situmeang
Prodeo Et Patria
- Farrah Soudani
- Alex Sullivan *
SOURCE: The Aurora Sentinel
*: "The Sociological Imagination" (C. Wright Mills, 1959)
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AURORA, Colo. (KABC) -- The Arapahoe coroner has confirmed the identities of the 12 people dead in the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting. All died of gunshot wounds, according to the release by the Arapahoe County coroner's office.
The 12 victims positively identified include:
- Navy Sailor John Larimer, 27, from the Chicago area. His brother-in-law also confirmed his death to ABC News on Saturday.
- Alex Teves, 24, from Arizona. A family member also confirmed his death to ABC News. They said Teves had just finished graduate school in June and was planning on becoming a physical therapist.
- Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, an Air Force Reservist from Thornton, Colo. The Department of Defense also confirmed his death to ABC News on Saturday. In a statement, the DOD said Childress was a cyber systems operator on active duty with the 310th Forces Support Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. He grew up in Lake Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley.
- Alex Sullivan, who was reportedly celebrating his 27th birthday at the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
- Sports blogger Jessica Ghawi, 24. The aspiring reporter recently wrote of surviving a shooting in a Toronto mall last month.
- Micayla Medek, 23. Her father's cousin, Anita Busch, also confirmed Medek's death to the Associated Press Friday evening.
- Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6. She is the youngest to die in the shooting. Moser's aunt told the AP that the girl's mother, Ashley Moser, 25, is in critical condition with a bullet in the throat and abdomen.
- Gordon Cowden, 51, was the oldest victim. He had gone to the midnight movie premiere with his two teenagers.
- Alexander J. Boik, 18. The teen had recently graduated from high school and was to start classes at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the fall, The Denver Post reported.
- Jonathan T. Blunk, 26. He served three tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea between 2004 and 2009, a friend said. Blunk planned to re-enlist in the Navy with the goal of becoming a Navy SEAL.
- Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32, was a customer relations representative at a mobile medical imaging company.
- Matt McQuinn, 27, dove in front of his girlfriend and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire. McQuinn moved to Colorado from Ohio last fall.
Police say a gunman barged into a packed auditorium at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center on Friday, set off gas canisters and began shooting into the crowd - picking off people who tried to flee. In addition to the 12 killed, 58 more were injured, with 30 remaining hospitalized and 7 in critical condition with some injuries that could be permanent.
Aurora police arrested 24-year-old James Holmes, a native of San Diego. Investigators were confident he acted alone and were not looking for any other suspects. There was no immediate word of any motive.
Jury reaches verdict in James Holmes murder trial.
Guilty of all 12 counts of first degree murder. Insanity plea rejected. Sentencing phase upcoming. #LIFE or #DEATH to be determined.