LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2012—The twelve people who died in Aurora, Colorado were not just murder victims. They were not just statistics. They were not just fans of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.”
They were human beings. They had names.
We say we will never forget, but let’s be honest. Many of us will. When the news cycle changes, a dozen people will fade from our consciousness.
This cannot happen. Not this time. Nine of the twelve victims were between ages 23 and 32. One was eighteen. One was only six years old. Another was 51, and his children are now orphans. One of the victims was celebrating their birthday.
Commit their names to memory.
Jonathan T. Blunk, 26: Mr. Blunk lost his life shielding his girlfriend, Jansen Young, pushing her beneath the seat and laying infront of here. Formerly in the Navy, Mr. Blunk worked at a hardware store in Colorado at the time of the shooting.
Alexander J. Boik, 18: “The life of the party,” Mr. Bolk had a love of softball, movies and hoped to become an art teacher.
Jesse E. Childress, 29: An Air Force reservist, Jesse Childress loved sports, the Denver Broncos, comic books and superhero movies. The Denver Post reported that Mr. Childress had recently named his new car the “Batmobile.” Mr. Childress was at Buckley Airforce Base.
Gordon Cowden, 51: “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,” a family statement said. Mr. Cowden was attending the movie with his children, both of whom survived.
Jessica Ghawi, 24: An aspiring sports journalist, Jessica Ghawi’s mother describes her as a person “easy to fall in love with.” Ghawi survived the shootings at a Toronto mall last month, blogging about that experience:
“I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I 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.”
John T. Larimer, 27: Petty Officer John T. Larimer joined the Navy in 2012. He was stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado.
“I am incredibly saddened by the loss of Petty Officer John Larimer — he was an outstanding shipmate,” Larimer’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski, said.
Matthew McQuinn, 27: One of the stories of extreme heroism, Matthew McQuinn of St. Paris, Ohio, died after diving on top of his girlfriend Samantha Yowler. Ms. Yowler’s brother had gone to the film with the couple, brother and sister both survived.
Micayla Medek, 23: A recent graduate from William C. Hinkley High School in Aurora, Ms. Medek was planning a trip to India, but first she had been at College of Aurora.
Veronica Moser, 6: The youngest to lose her life, Veronica had just learned to swim. She was at the movie with her mother Ashley Moser who remains in critical condition in the hospital after gunshots to the neck and abdomen.
Alex M. Sullivan, 27: Celebration his birthday with a midnight show, Mr. Sullivan would have celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Cassie, this weekend. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Alex’s family has called him their “real life superhero.”
Alexander Teves, 24: “One of the best men I ever knew. The world isn’t as good a place without him,” a friend says of Mr. Teves. Mr. Teves loved Spider-man and his alma mater, the University of Arizona. He had just earned his master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver.
Rebecca Wingo, 32: Ms. Wingo’s father posted to his Facebook page “I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man, my grief right now is inconsolable, I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable.”
Now add in 59 more people who were wounded but lucky enough to survive. Now multiply all of these people by their families, their friends, and acquaintances who interacted with them frequently if not daily. So many more people were hurt, and will continue to hurt. Reaching out to them could prevent the tragedy from being compounded.
I don’t know them. I never met them. For me, telling their stories would be impossible. For those who want to honor their memory, add to these paragraphs. Tell their stories.
Yet among 300 million people, some of you can. Fill in the blanks. Please. Leave your stories in the comments below.
We can argue politics, culture, law, and everything else at the appropriate time. The bodies of the victim have not even been buried yet. Their stories cannot be buried with them.
Hours and days and weeks and months will be spent analyzing the shooter.
Forgive my language, but screw him. Let’s talk about the victims. Let’s let them live on through the power of the internet. Tell their stories. They were creatures of God. They were people.
Tell their stories. It is the least that can be done.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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