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Two U.S. Servicemen Die of Injuries in Colorado Shooting

July 21, 2012

Colorado Shooting

People gather outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting early Friday morning, July 20, 2012. Police Chief Dan Oates says 14 people are dead following the shooting at the suburban Denver movie theater. He says 50 others were injured when gunfire erupted early Friday at the Aurora theater. Oates says a gunman appeared at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Karl Gehring)Standard outs; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT

Two U.S. military service members died from injuries in the Colorado theater shooting rampage that killed at least 12 moviegoers, the Defense Department said today.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress, who was assigned to Buckley Air Force Base, died after the shooting in the Denver suburb of Aurora, said Captain Shannon Stoneking, an Air Force spokeswoman.

Childress, 29, was a reservist who worked as a cyber systems operator, Stoneking said.

Navy Petty Officer Third Class John Larimer, 27, also died in the shooting, the Navy said. Larimer, who was from Crystal Lake, Illinois, was a cryptologic technician who joined the Navy on June 16, 2011, the Navy said.

“I am incredibly saddened by the loss of Petty Officer John Larimer,” said Commander Jeffrey Jakuboski, Larimer’s commanding officer, in a written statement. “He was an outstanding shipmate. A valued member of our Navy team, he will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to John’s family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all victims of this horrible tragedy.”

Larimer had been stationed at Buckley Air Force Base since October, the Navy said.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Lerman in Washington at dlerman1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net


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