After a tragic mass shooting, you always hear a lot about the killer, everyone knows his name, and what he looks like. We believe the victims deserve our attention, they're the ones who deserve to be remembered.
6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan. Veronica just learned to swim and was ready to start first grade. Her mother was critically injured, and kept asking about Veronica as she was being treated for a bullet in the neck.
18-year-old A.J. Boik. A.J. just graduated high school and was getting his career going as a distributor for a coffee company. He went to see the movie with his girlfriend and one of his closest friends, who both survived.
23-year-old Micayla Medek. Micayla was putting herself through Community College in Aurora and working at Subway. Her family didn't learn of her death until 19 hours after the shooting.
24-year-old Jessica Ghawi. Jessica was an aspiring sports reporter who, believe it or not, survived a mass shooting at a mall in Toronto JUST LAST MONTH. She was interning at the Fox station in Denver.
24-year-old Alex Teves. Alex was a recent graduate from the University of Denver with a master's in counseling psychology. He took a bullet pushing his girlfriend to the ground to save her life.
26-year-old Jonathan Blunk. Jonathan was a five-year Navy veteran who was about to fly home to Reno on Saturday to see his wife, his four-year-old daughter, and his two-year-old son. His daughter keeps listening to a voicemail he left her.
27-year-old John Larimer. John was a third generation Naval officer from Illinois and the youngest of five children. His unit was stationed in Colorado and he went to see the movie with some friends.
27-year-old Matt McQuinn. Matt moved to Denver with his girlfriend last November. He died heroically, providing cover from the bullets for his girlfriend, who survived.
27-year-old Alex Sullivan. Alex went to the movie to celebrate his birthday and his first anniversary with his wife. He Tweeted, "Oh man one hour til the movie and it's going to be the best birthday ever."
29-year-old Jesse Childress. Jesse was an Air Force staff sergeant on active duty at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. He died protecting a friend and fellow member of the Air Force.
32-year-old Rebecca Wingo. Rebecca joined the Air Force out of high school, learned Chinese, and served as a translator. She was the mother of two young girls, one of whom is about to start kindergarten.
51-year-old Gordon Cowden. Gordon was the oldest person murdered in the shooting. He was a small business owner who took his two teenagers to see the movie. They both survived. (Here's a photo of all 12 victims.)
Five Facts About the "Dark Knight Rises" Shooter
#1.) The "Dark Knight Rises" shooter changes what we thought we knew about mass murderers: He didn't kill himself, he calmly surrendered, and he told the police about the booby traps in his apartment. But hasn't cooperated otherwise. In other cases, like Columbine and Virginia Tech, the warning signs were clearly there. They weren't as obvious here. However, when his mother was informed, she immediately said yes, they had the right guy. So she must've noticed something. But obviously no parent ever believes their child is so far gone that they'd gun down innocent people in cold blood. FBI behavioral analysts say it could take months to determine his motive.
#2.) The killer was originally from suburban San Diego, and was a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at the University of Colorado medical school. He dropped out after doing poorly on his finals last semester.
#3.) Allegedly, after his arrest, he said he was THE JOKER, yes, like the villain from "The Dark Knight". His hair was dyed red, but the Joker's hair has always been green. And a Batman mask and poster were found in his apartment.
#4.) People have uncovered his Match.com profile AND his AdultFriendFinder profile. Both of them appear to be authentic, and on both, he used the tagline, "Will you visit me in prison?"
Here's a video of him from high school.
#5.) Reports say he took about 100 milligrams of Vicodin two-and-a-half hours before the shooting, that's about the amount an addict would take. Reports from the theater said he looked "calm" during the shooting.
Here are some photos of the shooter:
Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway React to the Shooting
It's not like anyone involved in making "The Dark Knight Rises" had anything to do with the deadly shooting in Colorado, but everyone wants to hear what they have to say anyway.
Director CHRISTOPHER NOLAN issued a statement saying, "I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me."
CHRISTIAN BALE said, "Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."
And ANNE HATHAWAY said, "My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."
Tweets fromRandom Celebrities Like Snooki and Kim Kardashian About the Shootings
A lot of people are trying to make sense of Friday's mass murder at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises". That includes celebrities who share "enlightened Tweets," regardless of whether anyone's interested or not. So with that in mind, let's check out what JOHN STAMOS, SNOOKI and everyone else who "matters" had to say about the shooting . . .
John Stamos: "What devastating news to wake up to. My heart is with everyone involved in the Aurora theater shooting. What the world needs now is . . ."
Snooki: "My prayers go out to the victims and families of the Colorado theater shooting. Justice will be served."
Kim Kardashian: "This is so devastating and beyond words. Nothing is worth causing so much pain to so many people. I'm angry and heartbroken."
Donald Trump: "At least 12 dead and 50 wounded in Colorado -- bring back fast trials and death penalty for mass murderers and terrorists."
And it sounds like Tyrese Gibson is on the Mayan calendar, because he said, "These are really the end of our days. People devious crimes are getting worse and worse . . . In a theater? My prayers to the family I'm so sad."
"The Dark Knight Rises" Made About $160 Million, But the Official Figures Won't Be Released Until Later Today
"The Dark Knight Rises" made about $160 million at the box office this weekend, including $30.6 million from midnight screenings. But we won't know its official take until later today. The various movie studios decided to suspend box office results for the day out of respect for the Colorado shooting victims. But if that number holds, it'll give "The Dark Knight Rises" the best opening weekend ever for a 2D movie. ("Ice Age: Continental Drift" was a distant second at the box office this weekend, with $21 million.)
The overall record is still held by "The Avengers" with $207.4 million. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" is second with $169.2 million. Both of those movies were in 3D, which means tickets would have cost several dollars more. $30.6 million is also the biggest midnight take for a 2D movie, and the second-biggest take overall, behind "Deathly Hallows - Part 2". "The Dark Knight" earned $158.4 million in its opening weekend four years ago.
Warner Brothers Pulled a Trailer from "The Dark Knight Rises" in Which Gangsters Shoot Up the Audience in a Movie Theater
This is about as eerie as coincidences get: One of the trailers that was originally running before "The Dark Knight Rises" was for a movie called "Gangster Squad". It's a crime flick set in the 1940s starring SEAN PENN and RYAN GOSLING.
One of the scenes in the trailer has mobsters opening fire on an audience at a movie theater. After the shootings in Colorado on Friday morning, Warner Brothers immediately pulled the trailer . . . but some theaters apparently didn't get around to yanking it, and it was still running as late as Saturday night.
You can see the trailer here. This looks like a great movie, and the cast is STACKED. It also includes Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte and Robert Patrick.
Meanwhile, Warner Brothers also canceled the remaining red carpet premieres for "The Dark Knight Rises", which were to take place in Tokyo, Paris and Mexico City.
The Theater Shooting Randoms
#1.) Since the shooter was calling himself "The Joker", HEATH LEDGER'S father wanted to remind us that we shouldn't blame Heath OR the Joker, who he notes is a FICTITIOUS character, for the incident. (Full Story)
#2.) Some idiotic store Tweeted that "Aurora" may have been trending on Twitter this weekend because of their "Kim Kardashian-inspired Aurora dress." Of course, it was REALLY trending because it's the name of the city on Colorado where the MASS MURDER took place. The store later apologized. (Full Story)
#3.) BRIAN ROSS of ABC News misidentified Friday's shooter Jim Holmes as ANOTHER Jim Holmes from Aurora, Colorado who was a member of the Tea Party. (Full Story)
#4.) ANN CURRY was called back into action by the "Today" show this weekend. She and her replacement, SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, went to Aurora, Colorado to cover the shooting. (Full Story)
#5.) CRAIG FERGUSON had a monologue full of Batman jokes set to air on his show Friday night. It was taped Thursday, before the murders in Colorado. So he ditched the monologue and recorded a heartfelt message to run at the beginning of the show instead. (Video)
#6.) On Friday morning, a Twitter account for the National Rifle Association posted this message: "Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?" It was taken down, and the NRA said the person who posted it had not heard anything about the Colorado shooting yet. (Full Story)
#7.) ANTHRAX guitarist SCOTT IAN is a proud gun enthusiast who thinks the solution is stricter gun control. He says, "The old argument of 'if guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns' means nothing. The 'outlaws' get their guns illegally and use them to perpetrate crimes that get them paid, they don't go shooting innocent people in movie theaters. There's no money in that. Inhuman maniacs get their guns legally and plan their murders to the letter. That is what I have a problem with."
#8.) MICHAEL MOORE said, "I fear anthropologists and historians will look back on us and simply say we were a violent nation, at home and abroad." Here's his full statement.