I choose to remember the victims

23 Jul

What a sad sad day in America.  The Colorado movie massacre was a senseless tragedy.  My heart goes out to those poor victims and their friends and families.

My first reaction was probably like most people’s: shock.  Then came anger.  Who does this? (He is not a “he”, but an “it”.)

What the hell was the point?

Wait. I don’t even want to know “its” motivation – NOTHING justifies what “it” did.

Instead of focusing on “it”, who I refuse to acknowledge by name, I choose to remember the twelve victims.  They are the ones who deserve recognition and fame.  Their names should be the ones blasted out all over the internet and on the news channels.  Their lives were taken much too short, but they should be remembered.

The youngest was six.  The oldest was 51. One died on his birthday.  Several were fathers and mothers.  All were sons and daughters.  All were heroes.

Here’s a list of the victims, may they rest in peace.  The list is in alphabetical order and includes links to some of the stories about them.

  1. Jonathan Blunk, 26 years old – Jonathan Blunk’s wife talks about her family’s loss
  2. A.J. Boik, 18 years old – AJ Boik Among Those Killed In Theater Shooting 
  3. Gordon Cowden, 51 years old – At 51 Gordon Cowden was oldest of those slain in theater shooting
  4. Jessica Ghawi, 24 years old – Jessica Ghawi’s Family Wants to Focus on Victims, Not Colorado Shooter 
  5. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29 years old  – Jesse Childress Died Trying to Protect Friend at “Dark Knight” Massacre
  6. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John Thomas Larimer, 27 years old – Shooting victim John Larimer: Illinois sailor was youngest of five children
  7. Matt McQuinn, 27 years old –  Aurora shooting victims: Heroism and heartbreak as last moments revealed 
  8. Micayla Medek, 23 years old – Father of slaying victim Micayla Medek: ‘I lost a precious soul.’
  9. Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6 years old – Double tragedy:  Aurora shooting victim learns her daughter was killed
  10. Alex Sullivan, 27 years old – Alex Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday at midnight showing
  11. Alex Teves, 24 years old –   Shooting victim Alex Teves had ‘a heart of gold,’ saved girlfriend
  12. Rebecca Wingo, 32 years old –  Rebecca Wingo, mom of two, among victims kill

I choose to remember the victims.

~~ Maggie


Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Family, news


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8 responses to “I choose to remember the victims

  1. V.E.G.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    There is a hero: Indian-born Sikh Satwant Singh Kaleka. Kaleka gave his life saving others by stopping the gunman and Kaleka was shot dead. Kaleka fled India from persecution and he was born shortly before India declared independence from United Kingdom. He was a peacemaker, a Indian gentleman, like a man on a horse, and God rest his soul.

  2. V.E.G.

    November 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    There is so many heroes that day:
    Mary Sherlach
    Dawn Hochsprung
    Victoria Soto
    Rachel D’Avino
    Anne Marie Murphy
    Lauren Rousseau
    Rick Thorne
    Maryrose Kristopik
    Kaitlin Roig
    Natalie Hammond
    Yvonne Cech
    Mary Ann Jacob
    Abbey Clements
    Laura Feinstein
    Janet Vollmer
    Ted Varga
    Aiden Licata
    Jesse Lewis
    Gene Rosen
    Teri Alves
    Alison Amanzio
    Carol Wexler
    Kathy Gramolini
    Kate Anderhaggen
    Carrie Usher
    Courtney Martin
    Leslie Gunn

  3. V.E.G.

    November 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Here is the list of victims:
    Nancy Lanza, 52
    Anne Marie Murphy, 52
    Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
    Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30
    Mary Joy Greene Sherlach, 56
    Rachel Marie D’Avino, 29
    Victoria Leigh Soto, 27
    Allison Noelle Wyatt, 6
    Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, 6
    Avielle Rose Richman, 6
    Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, 6
    Caroline Phoebe Previdi, 6
    Catherine Violet Hubbard, 6
    Charlotte Helen Bacon, 6
    Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski, 7
    Daniel Gerard Barden, 7
    Dylan Christopher Jack Hockley, 6
    Emilie Alice Parker, 6
    Grace Audrey McDonnell, 7
    Jack Armistead Pinto, 6
    James Radley Mattioli, 6
    Jesse McCord Lewis, 6
    Jessica Adrienne Rekos, 6
    Josephine Grace Gay, 7
    Madeleine Feng Hsu, 6
    Noah Samuel Pozner, 6
    Olivia Rose Engel, 6

  4. V.E.G.

    November 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    By the way, Nancy Lanza’s full name was Nancy Jean Champion Lanza. May those 27 victims rest in peace. Remember Dawn Alys Lafferty Hochsprung, a hero!

  5. V.E.G.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Jessc McCord Lewis is related to Benjamin Franklin, William Franklin, and William Temple Franklin!

    Peter FOLGER
    Experience FOLGER-(siblings)- Abiah Lee Folger
    George SWAIN-(1st cousin)- Benjamin Franklin
    Love SWAIN-(2nd cousin)-William Franklin
    Love Bernard-(3rd cousin)-William Temple Franklin
    Sarah B. Sallie Province
    Marina Ann Provence
    John Warren Hall
    William McCord Hall
    Nancy Lee Hall
    Maureen Leigh Welty
    Scarlett L. Lewis
    Jesse McCord Lewis!
    That’s incredible and Lewis is with Jesus for all time! God bless!

  6. V.E.G.

    June 13, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Now, Orlando shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of North America! It was anti-homosexual crime! Never, ever hate homosexuals! Ryan White once said, “God loves homosexuals much as He loves everyone else.”

  7. V.E.G.

    June 14, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    List of victims in Orlando:
    Stanley Almodovar III, 23
    Amanda Alvear, 25
    Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
    Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
    Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
    Martin Benitez Torres, 33
    Antonio D. Brown, 29
    Darryl R. Burt II, 29
    Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
    Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
    Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
    Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
    Luis D. Conde, 39
    Cory J. Connell, 21
    Tevin E. Crosby, 25
    Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50
    Deonka D. Drayton, 32
    Mercedez M. Flores, 26
    Juan R. Guerrero, 22
    Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
    Paul T. Henry, 41
    Frank Hernandez, 27
    Miguel A. Honorato, 30
    Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
    Jason B. Josaphat, 19
    Eddie J. Justice, 30
    Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25
    Christopher A. Leinonen, 32
    Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
    Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
    Akyra Monet Murray, 18
    Kimberly Morris, 37
    Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
    Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
    Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
    Eric I. Ortiz-Rivera, 36
    Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
    Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
    Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
    Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
    Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35
    Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25
    Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
    Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
    Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
    Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
    Luis S. Vielma, 22
    Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37
    Jerald A. Wright, 31


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