Aurora Massacre: The Victims' Stories

Learn about the lives of the 12 people gunned down at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises

Gordon Cowden, 51

The eldest victim of the massacre, Cowden had taken his two teenagers to the movie, both of whom made it out of the theater unharmed. In a statement, his family described him as a "loving father, outdoorsman and small business owner, Cowden was a true Texas gentleman that loved life and his family. A quick-witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle."