AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Rebecca Wingo was among the 12 killed in Friday’s theater shooting. The mother of two is being remembered as fearless and kind.
Her family wants to remember her as fun and adventurous and says it’s a tragedy for a whole community of people who didn’t get to know her.
“Every time she walked into a room it would just lighten up,” said Rebecca’s friend Michael Ignace.
Rebecca, 32, is described by her mother, Shirley Wygal, as fearless and kind-hearted, “She had both sides of her brain working and she had heart.”
Her friends say she was generous.
“If somebody needed to borrow some money, if they needed to borrow $5 she would give them $20,” said Ignace.
Rebecca was an intake specialist at the Schryver Medical Center in Denver. Friends said she had everything going in the right direction.
After high school Rebecca joined the Air Force and spoke fluent Mandarin. She was taking classes at a community college and was proud to have finally left the food industry.
“There was like this aura around her and her smile was so contagious,” said Rebecca’s friend Melissa Butler-Siebanhausen.
Friends say Rebecca never wasted a day. She loved children, especially her own, two girls ages nine and five.
“The most amazing thing about her is she just loved life. No matter how young or how old,” said Ignace.
“The what and the who didn’t matter. She just did,” said Wygal.
She was passionate about Rockies baseball and action movies. Rebecca had been waiting to see the Batman series finale for years.
“I know where she is and I know that she’s looking down on me and all her friends and family. I can feel her love around me,” said Butler-Siebanhausen.
Wingo will be buried Friday.
Don’t miss a special hour long report on CBS4 on Friday at 4 p.m. titled “Movie Theater Tragedy: Remember, Honor Support” which will look back at the week following the Aurora shootings.