AURORA, Colo. – Ashley Moser drifted in and out of consciousness in the ICU, a bullet lodged in her throat and a gunshot wound to her abdomen. In her waking moments, she called for her 6-year-old daughter Veronica.
Nobody had the heart to tell the 25-year-old mother that Veronica was already dead, the youngest victim killed at a Colorado movie theater in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
All shes asking about, of course, is her daughter, said Annie Dalton, who is Ashley Mosers aunt.
Dalton said Veronica was a vibrant 6-year-old. She was excited, shed just learned how to swim. She was a great little girl, excited about life – she should be at 6 years old.
The little girl was among those who died when a gunman barged into a crowded theater in a Denver suburb, set off gas canisters and opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.
Colorado authorities Saturday released the names of the victims killed in the rampage.
There were eight men, three women and Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest slain. Gordon Cowden was the oldest. He was 51. All died of gunshot wounds, according to the release by the Arapahoe County coroners office.
One of the 12, Matthew McQuinn, has been tentatively identified and is awaiting final identification, though his familys attorney confirmed to The Associated Press that McQuinn was among those killed.
Rob Scott of Dayton said McQuinn died after diving in front of his girlfriend and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire.
For Alex Sullivan, it was to be a weekend of fun: He planned to ring in his 27th birthday with friends at the special midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises and then celebrate his first wedding anniversary today.
Micayla Medek, 23, also was killed. Her fathers cousin, Anita Busch, told The Associated Press that the news, while heartbreaking, was a relief for the family after an agonizing day.
Navy cryptologist John Larimer went to the theater with three other sailors from nearby Buckley Air Force Base, Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski said. Larimer was shot and killed, and Jakuboski said losing Larimer felt like losing one of my sons.
An Air Force reservist who worked at Buckley also was killed in the rampage. Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, was a cyber-systems operator from Thornton, Colo., said Air Force Capt. Andrew Williams.
A vigil was to be held Saturday night for Alexander J. Boik of Aurora. His family issued a statement saying that he was loved by all that knew him and was dating a beautiful young lady who was with him at the theater and survived.
After graduating from high school in Reno, Nev., victim Jonathan Blunk, 26, of Aurora served in the Navy between 2004 and 2009 and most recently worked at a hardware store, according to close friend James Gill of Brighton, Colo.
Victim Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32, had started a job several months ago as a customer relations representative at a mobile medical imaging company.
Shannon Dominguez, who worked with Wingo on weekends, said she was friendly with everyone and always seemed to be in a good mood.
Alexander C. Teves, 24, graduated in June from the University of Denver with a masters degree in counseling psychology, the school said.
The death of Jessica Ghawi, 24, who was also known as Jessica Redfield, an aspiring sports reporter who recently wrote a blog post about surviving a Toronto shooting was killed, was widely reported Friday.