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Names of Victims Killed In Aurora Massacre Released

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The names of most of victims who were killed at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" yesterday have been released by the coroner's office. Many of them were young adults (as you might expect at a midnight showing). We tried to include a few notes about their lives and the heart-breaking (and sometimes heroic, self-sacrificing) circumstances of their deaths.

We already wrote about Jessica Redfield (née Ghawi), 24, pictured above, an up-and-coming hockey reporter. Deadspin has a post cataloguing all the responses to her death from the hockey and sports media communities. It also has a hilarious video of her as an intern, trying to interview a hockey player on ice while she was wearing the wrong shoes. Curious about the pen name? She explained to Busted Coverage (via Twitter): "It's my grandma's maiden name. She always wanted to be a journalist, never had the chance."

Veronica Moser-Sullivan was a 6-year-old who was with her mother Ashley Moser in the theater. Veronica had just started swimming lessons on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. Her mother was critically injured but not killed in the attack; because she is passing in and out of consciousness, she still doesn't know her daughter is dead, according to the Denver Post.

John T. Larimer, 27, was a Navy sailor from Crystal Lake, Illinois, the Post and ABC News reported. He was a cryptologic technician, who had joined the U.S. Navy over a year ago and he had been stationed in Aurora since October 2011, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Alexander J. Boik, who went by AJ, was 18 years old and a recent high school graduate, who was planning to attend the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, the Post reported. He dreamed of teaching art and having his own studio.

Jesse E. Childress, 29, was originally from the nearby Thornton. He was a cybersystems operator on active duty with the 310th Force Support Squadron at the nearby Buckley Air Force Base, according to CNN.

Jonathan T. Blunk, 26, was a military veteran who took a bullet for his companion Jansen Young, 21, according to NBC.

Rebecca Wingo, 32, worked at the restaurant Joe's Crab Shack in Aurora and was attending community college, a manager confirmed. Her dad confirmed her death on Facebook and said (not surprisingly) that he was inconsolable.

Alex M. Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday when he was shot. He and seven of his co-workers, who worked at a local Red Robin, had attended the premiere, the Post reported. The other seven were injured in the shooting, too.

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Gordon Cowden was 51 and we couldn't find any information from the Post or other news outlets, but his name was released by the coroner's office.

Micayla Medek, 23, identified herself as a worker at a Subway on her Facebook page. Her friends knew that she was injured, so they tried to carry her out of the theater but emergency personnel stopped them. She died in the theater, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Alexander Teves, 24, had just earned a master's degree in counseling psychology at the University of Denver in June, the Post reported. His friend Caitlin said on Twitter that Teves took a bullet for his girlfriend Amanda, who like Caitlin, made it out unharmed, according to ABC News.

Matthew McQuinn, 27, also died saving his girlfriend Samantha Yowler. Her brother Nick Yowler, 32, also tried to shield her. Yowler was shot in the knee and her brother made it out unscathed, an attorney for the family told the Post. McQuinn met Yowler while they were working at a Target and they had recently transferred to work at a location in Denver together, where Yowler's brother worked.

Related:
Dark Knight Rises Massacre: At Least 12 Killed, 50 Wounded At Colorado Movie Theater
Pentagon: Military Members Were Among Victims of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Massacre
Woman Killed in 'Dark Knight' Massacre Had Survived Mall Shooting in Toronto