2 Victims Of Theater Shooting Were Service Members
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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – Military officials say they’re planning memorials for two members of the U.S. Armed Forces killed in a movie theater shooting in Colorado.
The Arapahoe County coroner has identified 27-year-old Navy sailor John Larimer and 29-year-old Air Force Reservist Jesse Childress, 29, as two of the 12 killed.
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski says Larimer was a Navy cryptologist at nearby Buckley Air Force Base. Jakuboski says four other sailors were at the theater.
Larimer’s family says they’re working with the Navy to take his body back home to Crystal Lake, Ill.
“He truly did have a bright future ahead of him in the Navy,” Jakuboski said. “This was his first Navy command and he was excelling in all aspects.”
Air Force Capt. Andrew Williams says Childress, of Thornton, Colo., was a cyber-systems operator based at Buckley. Another Air Force airman from the base was wounded during the shooting.
“Jessie was an invaluable part of the 310th family,” an Air Force official said. “He literally touched everyone in the wing … over a thousand people.”
Another soldier whose name hasn’t been released was injured in the shooting. He was treated and released.
“As a father of three, I’ve got a command of 300, and I have the same approach. So losing a sailor, whether it’s in combat or whether it’s in a horrific domestic situation like this, it’s hard,” Jabuboski said. “We’re not bulletproof. We’re working through this together as a command leadership team. I feel like I lost one of my son’s.”
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