A 6-year-old girl who was shot during the rampage at an Aurora theater was among the 12 killed.
Veronica Moser Sullivan had gone to see the Batman movie with her mother, Ashley Moser, 25, when shots rang out in their theater. Veronica died from her injuries. Ashley was left in critical condition, with gunshot wounds to her neck and abdomen. She is paralyzed below the waist.
"(Veronica was) a vibrant little girl ... just was bragging about learning how to swim on Tuesday," Annie Dalton, Ashley's aunt said.
Ashley was in and out of consciousness after the attack and asked for her daughter during moments of lucidity.
"Nobody can tell her about it," Dalton said. "She is in critical condition, but all she's asking about is her daughter."
"Her whole life has changed in a flash," Dalton said.
Veronica's aunt, Denise Paba, was grief-stricken when she visited a makeshift memorial for the victims near the movie theater.
Standing before a white cross for Veronica, Paba broke down as she tried to express her feelings for the little girl's mother.
"I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry," the aunt said. "I want to tell her mother this, 'I am out here for you. I am out here for your daughter. I love you. I'm so sorry for your loss, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry .'"