Every single person who died in the Aurora, Colorado massacre deserves to be remembered. Each and every one of them suffered a horrific, unfair, surreal, and unfathomable fate. And one of the most heartbreaking of those deaths is a little girl who only got to live six years in this world before her life was senselessly snuffed out by a madman who too easily got his hands on four guns and 6000 rounds of ammunition. Six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan was the youngest victim of the mass murder. Described by family as "delightful," "lively," "engaging," and set to begin swimming lessons, pictures of Veronica show a beautiful blonde girl eating ice cream, her face lit up by a huge smile.
Veronica's mother, 25-year-old Ashley Moser, is in the hospital suffering from gun shots to the neck and abdomen, and has a bullet lodged in her throat. She's been calling for her daughter in her lucid moments. Her family didn't tell her about Veronica's death -- until today.
"She took it very badly," said Jean Moser, Ashley's grandmother. "I know she was shocked."
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There is no reason for an innocent six-year-old girl to die in such a horrific and brutal manner. No child should ever die, and certainly not at the hands of a lunatic. Obviously, the "man" (I hate to call him such) who may have said he "definitely" wanted children in his Match.com profile, and who was a summer camp counselor for children, did not care about children. He did not care about anything. Except, given his bullet-proof outfit, himself.
I cannot imagine what Ashley will go through for the rest of her life. She'll have to live with her own trauma and injuries combined with the brutal slaughter of her young child. Sometimes there is no justice in this world, and whatever justice is meted out to James Holmes won't bring any of his victims back.
Let's remember the victims, including little Veronica Moser-Sullivan.
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