Aurora shootings: The victims

US authorities have confirmed the identities of those killed by a gunman who opened fire at a screening of the new Batman film at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado. Families and friends have also been paying tribute to their loved ones. One the victims, Matt McQuinn, is awaiting definitive identification.

Details of those who died

Name Age Profile Name Age Profile
John Larimer

John Larimer

27

The US Navy cryptologist, originally from Crystal Lake, Illinois, had gone to the cinema with colleagues from the Buckley air force base in Aurora. The navy described him as an "outstanding shipmate".

Jessica Ghawi

Jessica Ghawi

24

The aspiring sports journalist had moved to Denver from Texas to take up an internship with The Fan radio station. Fellow sports journalist Jesse Spector wrote: "Jessica Redfield was going to be a sportscaster, and she was going to be a good one."

Alex Sullivan

Alex Sullivan

27

The restaurant worker's family said he had gone to the midnight screening of the Dark Knight Rises to celebrate his 27th birthday with friends. His family described him as "a gentle giant, known and loved by so many".

Micayla Medek

Micayla Medek

23

Micayla was a student at a local college and worked at sandwich chain Subway. After the shooting her family mounted a campaign to find her. "They searched and searched and searched and searched for her," Jenny Zakovich, her aunt said.

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Veronica Moser

6

Veronica was the youngest of the shooting victims. Her great aunt, Annie Dalton, described her as "beautiful and innocent". Veronica's mother, Ashley, 25, was also shot in the incident and is in a critical condition.

Jesse Childress

Jesse Childress

29

Another serviceman from the Buckley air base, Staff Sgt Childress was an air force cyber-systems operator and had just been called up to active duty. The air force described him as knowledgeable, experienced and respectful.

Alex Teves

Alex Teves

24

The former student was killed as he tried to shield his girlfriend from the bullets, his father, Tom, told ABC News. He had just received his master's degree in psychology from the University of Denver last month. Mr Teves said his son had a "heart of gold".

Matt McQuinn

27

The retail worker's death has not yet been confirmed by the coroner, but was announced by the family lawyer. He was said to have been shot as he dived in front of his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and her older brother, Nick. The couple worked at a local branch of the retail chain Target.

Alexander Boik

Alexander Boik

18

Alexander died weeks before he was about to start his studies at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. Known as AJ, he was described by a friend as "a ball of joy". "He wanted everybody to be happy," he added.

Jonathan Blunk

Jonathan Blunk

26

The outdoor pursuits fan, who had served for five years in the US Navy, died while saving girlfriend Jansen Young. She told NBC he had flung her to the floor and shielded her. "I guess I didn't really know he had passed until I started shaking him and saying: 'Jon, Jon, we have to go.'"

Rebecca Wingo

Rebecca Wingo

32

Rebecca had started a new job at a mobile medical imaging company just months before the Aurora shootings. "She had a really bubbly personality," a colleague said. Her father, Steve Hernandez, said he was "inconsolable".

Gordon Cowden

Gordon Cowden

51

The oldest of the victims, the small-business owner, originally from Texas, was at the cinema with his two teenage children. They survived the attack. His family described him as a "true Texas gentleman that loved life and his family".

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