The 12 victims of the Colorado massacre.
A tribute to AJ Boik,18, is shown along with his photo, on a message table. Boik was a recent high school graduate and talented artist who was headed to the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the fall.
Micayla Medek, 23, was a community college student who shared a love for the Green Bay Packers with her father, "Cayla" as she was known, came from a tight-knit family.
John Larimer, 27, a third-generation member of the U.S. military, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Larimer was at his first military post in Colorado.
Gordon W. Cowden, 51, who lived in Aurora, is the oldest massacre victim. He was at the movie with his two teenage children, who escaped the shooting unharmed.
Alex Sullivan, 27, was at "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere celebrating his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary. His family called him "their real life super hero."
Jessica Ghawi, 24, was an aspiring sports journalist. Former colleagues described her as ambitious and hardworking.
Matt McQuinn, 27, was an Ohio native. As shots rang out in the theater, he dove in front of his girlfriend Samantha Yowler, shielding her from the bullets, but losing his own life in the process.
Jonathan T. Blunk, 26, was a certified firefighter, emergency medical technician and a veteran of the United States Navy who served three tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea between 2004 and 2009. He also was a father of two small children.
Jesse Childress, 29, an Air Force cyber-systems operator based at Buckley Air Force Base, was described by a co-worker as "always positive and laughing."
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, the youngest victim, was a "great little girl, excited about life," her great-aunt Annie Dalton told The Associated Press. "She should be at 6 years old."
Alex Teves, 24, a Phoenix native, had just graduated with his master's degree in counseling psychology in June from University of Denver. His grandfather called him "the ideal grandson."
Rebecca Wingo, 32, was described as always in a good mood by a co-worker at a mobile medical imaging company.
Though the victims came from all walks of life, many of their relatives expressed the same sentiment: the desire to share and reflect on the wonderful lives the victims led, not the accused madman who cut them short. Some have provided photos to the press, which have been compiled here.