As they’re told, we’ll point to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded last Friday when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.
— “Mother Says Daughter Stood Up To Holmes.” (The Denver Post)
Reporter Kevin Vaughan writes of Alex Sullivan, 27, “a gentle bear of a man” who was also a friend. Sullivan died in the attack.
“He was the newborn at my wedding, the smiling 3-year-old petting my dog, the 10-year-old hockey star whacking me in the shins as we played in the street, the polite teenager, the newlywed whose hug took my breath away. …
“Today, the people who loved Alex will gather to say goodbye to him. There will be tears. But there will also be Alex stories. ‘We’re going to keep doing it,’ [his father] Tom says. ‘We’ll be talking about Alex forever and ever. There’s no reason to stop — and that’s just the way it’s going to be. … When I hear a new story, it will be a new adventure. I will have met him again that day.’ “
— “Colorado Shooting: The Long Road To Theater 9.” (The Washington Post)
Stephen Barton, 22, just happened to be in Aurora that day. He arrived in the afternoon. The Denver suburb was a stop on a cross-country bicycle ride he’s on with a friend. When the gunfire began, and he was hit in the neck and face with buckshot, he thought to himself “there’s no way it’s going to end here. There’s no way I biked 3,000 miles to come to this theater and get killed in it.”
Barton survived this incredible rendezvous with tragedy. His riding partner Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent was unhurt. The friend they went to the movie with, Petra Anderson of Aurora, has an amazing tale to tell as well. The Post writes that:
“She had emergency surgery, and doctors discovered that the shotgun pellet in her head had traveled through a tiny tube of fluid, a small cavity in her brain that had probably been there since birth. Like a BB through a straw, it apparently carried the pellet through her head without inflicting any serious brain damage. Doctors and friends have said she is walking and talking and expected to make a strong recovery, according to news reports and a Web site set up to aid the family.”
NPR’s Deceptive Cadence blog told Anderson’s story earlier this week.