The mother of the youngest victim of the Dark Knight massacre has reportedly gone into shock after being told her six-year-old daughter was one of James Holmes' victims.
Learning that her little girl, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, had been gunned down in the Aurora, Colorado Batman massacre, 25-year-old Ashley Moser was described as 'absolutely devastated' at her loss.
Suffering from a gunshot wound to her abdomen, with a bullet lodged in her throat, Ashley has been upgraded from a critical condition at Aurora Medical Center. In her waking moments, she calls for her daughter.
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Tragic: Veronica Moser-Sullivan was the youngest victim of James Holmes, who attacked a Colorado cinema
Innocent: Six-year-old Veronica was the youngest of the 12 casualties of the massacre
'All she's asking about, of course, is her daughter,' said Annie Dalton, who is Ashley Moser's aunt.
'She took it very badly,' Jean Moser, Ashley Moser's grandmother, told the Boston Herald. 'I know she was shocked.
'[Veronica] was a very delightful, lively little girl. She was very engaging. Itís a terrible, terrible tragedy.'
Veronica was to start learning swimming lessons on Tuesday, said Dalton. 'She was excited about life as she should be. She's a six-year-old girl. This is just a nightmare right now. It's a nightmare. Everything's surreal. It's just surreal.'
Her father earlier claimed he had not been allowed to see either Veronica or her mother after apparently issuing threats against the gunman.
The little girl was among those who died when a gunman barged into a crowded theater in a Denver suburb, set off gas canisters and opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.
Three of the victims are believed to have been members of the military, while two died trying to save their girlfriends from the hail of bullets sent out by alleged shoot James Holmes, who launched his vicious attack during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
All died of gunshot wounds, according to the release by the Arapahoe County coroner's office.
Jon Blunk (left) heroically saved the life of his girlfriend Jansen Young after he pushed her down under a cinema seat and lay on top of her to protect her from James Holmes' firearm attacks
Jansen Young gave a brave but harrowing interview to the 'Today' show this morning to recount her boyfriend's heroic actions at the midnight screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises'
Full of praise for her boyfriend, Jansen said that without him she wouldn't be here today
Details about the 12 victims emerged on Saturday, the day before Barack Obama planned to travel to Aurora to comfort distraught families of those gunned down in a minute and a half of real-life horror
'We need to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation,' Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.
The president planned just a brief visit to Colorado - a bit under 2 1/2 hours - during which he was also scheduled to meet with local officials in Aurora.
A woman whose boyfriend saved her from death paid an emotional tribute to him, saying 'he was just a hero last night, he has been a hero forever.'
Ex-serviceman Jon Blunk recognised immediately the gravity of the situation when the 24-year-old gunman burst into the Century 16 screening armed to the teeth with firearms and pushed his girlfriend Jansen Young to the floor.
Telling her to keep quiet and that 'there is someone with a gun and he is shooting people', Blunk then whispered to his girlfriend, 'We have to get down and stay down.'
In a harrowing interview given to the 'Today' show this morning, veterinarian technician Jansen spoke of the confusing moment when Holmes launched his massacre on the unwitting audience members of the Aurora cinema.
'There was a bomb or something and it flew up into the left hand corner and it just went boom and Jon immediately pushed my hips down to the floor and he was like Jensen get down, get down and stay down,' said Young.
'And I was like, why? Because I have to question everything. And he pushed me under the seat and pushed me real hard and he whispered in my ear, "There is someone with a gun and he is shooting people." He knew it was real.'
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