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After Aurora: The Victims

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KUSA - It's the reason why so many of us still get a little anxious when someone heads for a theater exit long before the movie nears its end. What happened inside a packed building on July 20, 2012 taught all of us that even a two-hour respite from the worries of any given day is not without risk.

INTERACTIVE 'AFTER AURORA' SPECIAL SECTION

Twelve souls never got the chance to see what the rest of that Friday might have had in store for them. Seventy lives were permanently and physically altered by wounds that often times were catastrophic.

Millions of others were left with the feeling that security isn't always a guarantee.

Yet the families of Jon Blunk, AJ Boik, Jesse Childress, Gordon Cowden, Jessica Ghawi, John Larimer, Matt McQuinn, Micayla Medek, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Alex Sullivan, Alex Teves and Rebecca Wingo still shoulder the bulk of the ongoing grief. What we have tried to do here is remember their loss by documenting a story that will help the first responders of the future.

OTHER STORIES AS WE REMEMBER AURORA

Should police officers take on the responsibility of getting the wounded out of an active-shooter situation? Should we expect more ambulances and paramedics to get closer to the scene even if the whereabouts of a suspect or suspects remain unknown at that particular time? Who should be responsible for not overburdening nearby hospitals when the injured start to leave the scene?

These are all questions we cannot completely answer, but we believe they are questions that should continue to be asked as we go through life After Aurora.

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