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The Aurora Shooting Victims

One about to celebrate his first wedding anniversary. Another threw himself in front of the bullets, saving his girlfriend's life.

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Dave Swindle

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July 21, 2012 - 3:38 pm
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CBS news has begun releasing names and information about the victims.

Here’s one:

Alex Sullivan

For Alex Matthew Sullivan, it was to be a weekend of fun: He planned to ring in his 27th birthday with friends at a special midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Another reason to celebrate: Sunday would have been his first wedding anniversary.

“He was a very, very good young man,” said Sullivan’s uncle, Joe Loewenguth.

“He always had a smile, always made you laugh. He had a little bit of comic in him. Witty, smart. He was loving, had a big heart.”

In a statement Alex’s family said it had lost “a cherished member.”

“Alex was smart, funny, and above all loved dearly by his friends and family.”

And here’s a man who sacrificed himself to save his girlfriend’s life:

Matt McQuinn

Matt McQuinn was with his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and her brother Nick at the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” when a gunman burst into the theater, released canisters of pepper spray and opened fire.

CBS Affiliate WHIO reports that, according to Samantha’s grandmother, McQuinn and Nick Yowler tried to shield the young woman with their bodies.

She suffered a bullet wound to the leg; Nick escaped physically unharmed.

But McQuinn, 27, died.

He and Yowler had met in Ohio and moved last year to Denver, where they worked at a Target store.

“They’re really fun people,” said co-worker Melissa Downen.

I fear this story will only grow more disturbing and depressing as it progresses. As I write these words, Fox News is reporting live from James Holmes’s apartment. Police disarmed the booby traps but still worry that one of Holmes’s amateur explosives could go off by accident. This tragedy’s body count could still grow exponentially. (Fox just reported now that seven victims remain in critical condition.)

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