2 service members killed, 2 injured in shooting

10:34 PM, Jul 21, 2012   |    comments
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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.

Four Navy Sailors and an Air Force Sergeant had no idea they would were walking into an ambush when they entered theater 9 Thursday night.

Immediately after news broke that a heavily armed gunman opened fire on the crowded theater, the commands at the military units issued full roll-calls to find their servicemen. One sailor was not accounted for.

"He was an outstanding shipmate, a valued member of our Navy team, and an extremely dedicated sailor," Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski said of Larimer.

At the same time Friday evening, the U.S. Air Force learned Sgt. Childress was also one of the 10 killed inside the theater.

"Jesse was an invaluable member of the 3/10th family," Lt. Col Pat Walsh said. "He literally touched everyone in the wing - over a thousand people. It's hard. We'll get through it together, but it's extremely difficult for us right now."

One other Navy sailor was injured in the attack but treated at the scene. The Navy and Air Force base commands in Aurora say they're grieving of the loss of their servicemen and take their tragic deaths personally.

"Losing a sailor whether in combat or a horrific situation like this, it's hard. It's tough. We're not bullet proof. I feel like I lost one of my sons," Jakuboski said.

The Navy and Air Force's Casualty Assistance Program continues to meet with the victims' families and fellow servicemen and says it will continue to do so for as long as necessary. Memorials are being planned on the bases.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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