The grandfather of a 6-year-old girl killed when a gunman opened fire in a Colorado movie theater is making a public plea to the thief who stole a camera containing the last photos of the girl: Please, please return them.
Robert Sullivan told the Denver Post that he returned home Tuesday morning to find that his house had been burglarized. Among the items taken from the Denver home were a coin collection and a Canon camera that contained something priceless: The last photos he and his wife had taken of their granddaughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan.
The 6-year-old was the youngest of the 12 people killed on July 20 when a gunman opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. In addition, 58 people were injured, making it one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
James E. Holmes, 24, was arrested without resistance minutes after police say he opened fire inside the packed Century 16 movie theater. The former neuroscience doctoral student at the University of Colorado-Denver faces 152 charges, including 24 counts of first-degree murder, representing two for each person killed.
The child's grandfather told the Post that the photos on the camera's memory card included those taken during a graduation ceremony at school, and the celebratory trip to a local ice cream parlor that followed. In recalling that day, Sullivan told the newspaper that a woman who saw Sullivan and his wife trying to capture the day on camera casually remarked of the photos, "You're going to really treasure those."