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Ted Engelmann, left, helps Yamilet Ortega, 3, second from left, and Kimberly Hernandez, 7, light candles, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Ted Engelmann, left, helps Yamilet Ortega, 3, second from left, and Kimberly Hernandez, 7, light candles, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

A look at the lives of Colorado’s theatre shooting victims Add to ...

His family declined to be interviewed in their request for privacy, but expressed appreciation for words of concern offered in the wake of the shooting.

“Our hearts go out to everyone that has been harmed by this senseless tragedy,” they said.

Jessica Ghawi

Jessica Ghawi recently wrote a blog post after surviving a shooting at the Toronto Eaton Centre, saying it showed her “how fragile life was.”

Friends say the 24-year-old, who moved to Colorado from Texas about a year ago, didn't let the June 2 shooting in Toronto change her outlook on life as she pursued a career in sports journalism.

“I think she even looked at that like, `Hey, even after that, I'm able to pursue my dream,” said Peter Burns, a radio sports show host with Mile High Sports Radio in Denver, where Ghawi recently interned.

That shooting left two dead and several injured. Her blog post last month said: “I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change.

“I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath.”

Former colleagues described her as ambitious and hardworking. She went by the name “Redfield,” a play on her red hair, because it was easy to say and remember, both professionally and on her social media accounts.

She was a regular tweeter and her last post to the micro-blogging website stated in all capital letters, “movie doesn't start for 20 minutes.”

John Larimer

John Larimer, 27, was a Navy sailor based at Buckley Air Force Base, where he was a cryptologic technician — a job that the Navy says on its website should be filled by someone with “exceptionally good character, above-average writing and speaking skills, a good memory, curiosity and resourcefulness.”

Those who knew him described him in similar terms.

Mr. Larimer, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, joined the service just over a year ago, the Navy said.

“A valued member of our Navy team, he will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to John's family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all the victims of this horrible tragedy,” said Commander Jeffrey Jakuboski, his commanding officer, in a written statement.

A family member told the Daily Herald newspaper in Arlington Heights, Ill., that Mr. Larimer was the youngest of five siblings. Neighbours in his hometown recalled his sense of humor.

“We love you, John, and we will miss you always,” his parents said in a statement.

Matt McQuinn

As the attack in the movie theater unfolded, Matt McQuinn dove in front of his girlfriend and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire.

He died protecting them, said Rob Scott, an Ohio attorney retained by the families of Mr. McQuinn and his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler. Mr. Scott confirmed Mr. McQuinn's death to The Associated Press on Saturday. He was 27.

“Unfortunately, Matt McQuinn perished from the injuries he sustained during the tragic events that unfolded in Denver, Colorado, and went home to be with his maker,” Mr. Scott said in a statement. “As both families mourn the loss of Matt, they ask for everyone to give them distance and time. Again, the families thank everyone for their love, prayers and ask that we respect their families' wishes.”

Ms. Yowler was recovering from surgery after she was shot in the knee at the theater. Her 32-year-old brother, Nick Yowler, who also shielded his sister, was not injured.

Mr. McQuinn and Ms. Yowler moved to Colorado from Ohio last fall. A Colorado co-worker told the Springfield News-Sun that Mr .McQuinn and Ms. Samantha Yowler worked with her at Target.

“They're really fun people. We always go out together,” said Melissa Downen.

Micayla Medek

The death of 23-year-old Micayla Medek was heartbreaking, said her father's cousin, Anita Busch.

But Ms. Busch said the news also was a relief for the family after an agonizing day of waiting.

“I hope this evil act ... doesn't shake people's faith in God,” she said.

Micayla Medek lived in the Denver suburb of Westminster and attended Aurora Community College.

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