Jonathan Blunk 26

Blunk was a father of two young children. He was a Navy veteran, and friends said he served three tours and hoped to re-enlist to become a SEAL. His girlfriend, Jansen Young, who was injured, said Blunk threw himself in front of her and saved her life.

Alexander J. Boik 18

Boik just graduated from Gateway High School in Aurora. He was to start classes at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the fall of 2012.

Friends said he was known for making them laugh.

"He was a ball of joy," his friend Jordan Crofter said.

Jesse Childress 29

Childress was an Air Force staff sergeant and a cybersystems operator at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. He went to the movie with friends. "He would help anyone and always was great for our Air Force unit," Tech Sgt. Alejandro Sanchez said.

Gordon Cowden 51

Cowden lived in Aurora and owned a business. He went to the movie with his two teenage daughters, who escaped unharmed. "A quick-witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children," his family said.

Jessica Ghawi 24

Ghawi moved to Colorado in 2011 and hoped to be a sports broadcaster. She survived a shooting at a Toronto mall just a few weeks before she died in Aurora. She posted on a blog that the earlier experience showed her "how fragile life was."

John Larimer 27

Larimer went to the movie with his girlfriend, Julia Vojtsek. When they heard gunfire, "John grabbed my head and pushed me to the ground," she testified. "He was protecting me." Larimer was a Navy petty officer 3rd class who worked as a cryptologic technician.

Matt McQuinn 27

McQuinn and his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, worked at a Target store after moving to Colorado from Ohio the previous fall. When the shooting started, McQuinn dived in front of his girlfriend and her brother, Nick Yowler, said attorney Rob Scott.

Micayla Medek 23

Medek was attending community college classes while working at a Subway sandwich shop. She went to the movie with about 10 friends. "She was one who wouldn't hurt anybody," her aunt, Jenny Zakovich, had said. "She was a very loving person."

Veronica Moser-Sullivan 6

Veronica was the youngest person killed in the attack. Her mother, Ashley Moser, thought she was taking her to a cartoon movie. She testified that she stood to take her daughter out of the theater when the shooting started, but Veronica's hand slipped out of hers.

Alex Sullivan 27

Sullivan went to the movie to celebrate his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary. "Alex was a gentle giant, known and loved by so many," his family said. When a trailer for "Superman" showed, he stood and shouted, "Yeah!" prompting others to cheer.

Alexander Teves 24

Teves had just earned a master's degree in counseling psychology. His girlfriend, Amanda Teves, who changed her name after the shooting, said that when the gunfire began, he dived onto her to protect her. "He just kept … telling me it was going to be all right."

Rebecca Wingo 32

Wingo was the single mother of two daughters. An Air Force veteran, she had started a job several months before at a mobile medical imaging company. "If she put her mind to something, she was going to get it done," a friend, Cody Shafer, said.