Aurora Massacre: The Victims' Stories

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

Credit: The Cowden Family/AP

Updated: Wednesday Jul 25, 2012 | 06:00 AM EDT

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."