WASHINGTON - The names of the victims of the Aurora theater shooting were read on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday morning.
"Let’s never forget these names," Senator Mark Udall, D-Colorado, said before reading the names into the congressional record. "Matt McQuinn, Micayla Medek, Jessica Ghawi, Gordon Cowden, Jesse Childress, John Larimer, Jonathan Blunk, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Alex Sullivan, Alexander Teves, Rebecca Wingo and Alexander [AJ] Boik."
Udall spoke about two of the victims in particular.
"We remember young men like 26-year old Jon Blunk and 24-year old Alexander Teves, who sacrificed their lives to protect their friends. They put themselves in between the shooter and their friends in that movie theater," Udall said.
Udall thanked and honored the countless police and other emergency responders who cared for wounded and stopped the shooter.
"Today, I want to mark the anniversary of this tragedy and to honor the strength that so many Coloradans have shown, both on that day and in the weeks and months since," Udall said. "The Aurora theater shooting shook us, shocked us, outraged us, but as I said one year ago, it did not break us."
The Senator mentioned two of the survivors by name. He talked about Zack Golditch who endured surgery and weeks of recovery to continue with his football career.
"This Fall, he will begin his freshman year as an offensive lineman at Colorado State University," Udall said.
(Read more about Golditch: http://ch7ne.ws/1bLjXAr)
Udall also mentioned Marcus Weaver. A young man who was shot and recovered.
"[Marcus Weaver] now hosts a weekly radio show that spotlights great Americans who are making a difference in their communities," Udall said. "These are just two of countless examples of the perseverance of people affected by the Aurora theater shooting."
The Senator spoke for about six minutes, then asked asked people to remember this Saturday.
"Let's take time to remember those who have lost their lives and to honor the resilience of our neighbors who press on with their lives undoubted by this terrible act," Udall said. "I hope we can draw strength from the tragic loss of these 12 wonderful, beautiful people and that it leads us to redouble our efforts to be better people, to be more understanding to our friends and be more loving to our families. Inspire to live our lives with the courage that the people of Aurora and Colorado have shown over the course of this last year."