Colorado Theater Shooting
11:51 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Memorials Grow in Aurora and Online for Shooting Victims

Hugs and tears were exchanged in Colorado and at various public memorials over the weekend, and condolences shared through social media and beyond for the victims of Friday’s movie theater shooting.

Among the 12 deceased are two with ties to Texas, one of whom used to live in Quinlan and was a 1997 graduate of Ford High School.

Rebecca Wingo was a single mother of two who attended the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with a friend. On his Facebook page Saturday, Wingo’s father, Steve Hernandez, said, “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."

Friends, family and those unconnected to Friday’s shooting have used Twitter and Facebook to share their sympathies.

President Barack Obama arrived in Colorado Sunday to meet privately with families of the victims and with state and local officials. He later offered these remarks:

At churches, impromptu memorials and public vigils have allowed citizens to mourn the victims of the shooting, in what Gov. John Hickenlooper says was the work of a “diabolical, demonic” individual.     

Meanwhile, investigators continue to try and uncover information about the suspect, James Eagan Holmes, who is to appear in court Monday.

Jessica Ghawi, a San Antonio woman who had recently moved to the Denver area, was also killed in the attack at the Century 16 Theater. The aspiring sportswriter and blogger only weeks ago had been present at a crowded Toronto shopping mall where a gunman shot five people and killed two of them, as NPR's Eyder Peralta writes.

The sister of a Houston-area woman was also shot in the Aurora attack.

Yahoo! news shares this story from the Associated Press which gives us a closer look into the lives of the 12 killed on Friday.