A Colorado jury on Thursday convicted 27-year-old James Holmes of killing 12 moviegoers & wounding dozens of others in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012.
How some survivors & public officials reacted:
p>”It’s unreal. Someone attempted to murder me, in a movie theater, when I was just doing nothing. … Finally, this is coming to a close.” â€” Jansen Young, who was wounded in the attack. She went to the theater that night with her boyfriend, Jonathan Blunk, who threw himself in front of Young to protect her. The 26-year-old father of two young children was killed.
“I’ll never forget the silhouette of the shotgun.” â€” Survivor Marcus Weaver, who was sitting next to his friend Rebecca Wingo when she was killed. Weaver said he wept while watching a live stream of the judge reading the verdicts.
FILE – In this July 25, 2012 file photo, a picture of Gordon Cowden, who was killed in the 2012 Auro …
“My body shuddered.” â€” Survivor Yousef Gharbi on learning of Holmes’ guilty verdict. Gharbi was shot in the head in the theater attack.
“This has been an emotional & difficult time for the victims, their families, loved ones & friends. My hope is that this step brings some peace to each of them, & begins the healing process for all of Colorado.” â€” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
“We’re still here for you, & we will always be here for you.” â€” Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan to victims.
“As shortly as you hear the first guilty, you knew the dominoes were going fall.” â€” Tom Sullivan, father of Alex Sullivan, who was killed inside the theater.
“I even felt a little sorry for him, approximately his past. It’s obvious he has mental issues, yet nothing that approached insanity.” â€” Robert Sullivan, grandfather of Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, the youngest moviegoer slain in the theater. Robert Sullivan wore a button with a picture of Veronica on it.
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Source: “Associated Press”