UNDATED (WSAU) President Obama offered the nation’s sympathy last night to survivors and the relatives of those killed in Friday’s movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora Colorado. U-W Whitewater graduate John Larimer was among the 12 people murdered – along with 23-year-old Macayla Melek, who has relatives in Milwaukee.
Among the 58 wounded was Carey Rottman of Mequon. The 27-year-old Rottman told his father he saw James Holmes throw a smoke grenade during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” When Holmes started shooting, Rottman said he ran out as quickly as he could. In the parking lot, four young people pulled him to a grassy area and used a belt for a truncate – and one of them waved down a policeman. Rottman’s father Dale said his son had surgery later on Friday, and he’s expected to fully recover.
Larimer graduated from U-W Whitewater in 2008 with a double major in history and political science. He grew up in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake. A-B-C News said Larimer was shot while protecting his girlfriend from gunfire. He was among a group of sailors watching the movie. He was a Navy cryptologist at Buckley Air Force Base.