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Names of U.S. theater shooting victims released

(Xinhua)

08:35, July 23, 2012

AURORA, United States, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The names of the 12 people killed in Friday's deadly shooting in a theater in Aurora, Colorado, were released Saturday.

The dead included a six-year-old girl, two members of the U.S. military, a woman who escaped a mall shooting in Toronto last month, a man celebrating his 27th birthday, and two men who sacrificed their lives to save the women they were with. All but one were under the age of 32, and eight were in their 20s.

Family members waited almost a full day after the shooting to get confirmation that their loved ones were killed.

A statement released by Colorado's Arapahoe County said that autopsies were done on all of the victims and all deaths were caused by gunshot wounds.

Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, was described "vibrant and excitable." The blond-haired, blue-eyed little girl was bragging four days ago about learning how to swim, said her great-aunt Annie Dalton.

"She loved to dress up and read, and was doing well at school. She was beautiful and innocent," Dalton said about her great niece, who attended an elementary school in Denver.

Veronica's mother, Ashley Moser, is in critical condition with gunshot wounds to her neck and abdomen. Sources say she comes in and out of consciousness, and asks for her daughter when she is lucid. No one has yet told her that Veronica is dead.

Jesse E. Childress, 29, and John Thomas Larimer, 27, were U.S military servicemen, respectively serving in the Air Force and Navy. Larimer had worked as a cryptology technician at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora since October 2011.

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