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Father of Colorado theater shooting victim finds strength in officer who held dying daughter

  • In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Ian Sullivan closes the hood of his custom racing Subaru, at home in Evergreen, Colo. Sullivan's has struggled daily to cope emotionally ever since 2012, when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in a movie theater where his six year old daughter Veronica and Sullivan's x-wife were watching a movie, leaving 12 dead, including his daughter Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Ian Sullivan closes the hood of his custom racing Subaru, at home in Evergreen, Colo. Sullivan's has struggled daily to cope emotionally ever since 2012, when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in a movie theater where his six year old daughter Veronica and Sullivan's x-wife were watching a movie, leaving 12 dead, including his daughter Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Ian Sullivan sits in his home office looking at pictures of his late six year old daughter Veronica, who was murdered in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting attack, in Evergreen, Colo. Sullivan's life was forever darkened when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in a movie theater where young Veronica and Sullivan's x-wife were watching a movie, leaving 12 dead, including his daughter Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Ian Sullivan sits in his home office looking at pictures of his late six year old daughter Veronica, who was murdered in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting attack, in Evergreen, Colo. Sullivan's life was forever darkened when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in a movie theater where young Veronica and Sullivan's x-wife were watching a movie, leaving 12 dead, including his daughter Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, pictures and decorations make up a collage memorializing Ian Sullivan's late six year old daughter Veronica, who was murdered in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting attack, in Evergreen, Colo. Ian Sullivan's life was forever darkened when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in a movie theater where young Veronica and Sullivan's x-wife were watching a movie, leaving 12 dead, including his daughter Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, pictures and decorations make up a collage memorializing Ian Sullivan's late six year old daughter Veronica, who was murdered in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting attack, in Evergreen, Colo. Ian Sullivan's life was forever darkened when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in a movie theater where young Veronica and Sullivan's x-wife were watching a movie, leaving 12 dead, including his daughter Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

Two and a half years after a gunman opened fire on a crowded Colorado movie theater, victims and survivors are trying to rebuild their lives. Some have formed bonds with each other, and others have turned to counseling or faith.

The father of the youngest victim, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, says a source of strength is the police officer who carried his daughter out of the theater in his arms.

Ian Sullivan, who wasn't in the theater during the July 2012 attack, says he is troubled that he was unable to protect his daughter. But he says he takes some comfort knowing that the officer is also a father and can understand his pain.

He says text messages and birthday cards from the officer help him realize he is not alone.