AURORA, Colo. — Like many Coloradans, “all the emotions come falling out” each year on July 20 for Heather Dearman.
This year, the date marks nine years since the Aurora theater shooting in which 13 people were killed and 70 others injured when a gunman opened fire at the Century 16 movie theater.
Dearman’s cousin, Ashley Moser, was wounded in the shooting, and Moser’s daughter was killed.
“July 20th has always been about remembering my cousin’s sweet little daughter Veronica who was six years old when she was killed,” Dearman said. “I just always think of Veronica and the way she had such joy and such smiles for life, and just looked at everyone with curiosity. And she reminds me that we all need to be that way and just be kind to one another.”