Victims of Aurora massacre wed 1 year after shooting

Victims of Aurora massacre wed 1 year after shooting (Image 1)

A couple who survived the deadly Aurora, Colorado shooting last July is getting married on Saturday, the one year anniversary of the devastating massacre.

Eugene Han and Kristin Davis were inside the theater when accused shooter James Holmes entered and began firing shots on July 20, 2012.

More than a dozen people were killed and 70 others sustained injuries.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the couple didn't know if they would make it through the night. The two met in their childhood at church and have been dating for the past three years.

On the night of the shooting, they decided to go to the Midnight showing of Batman with three friends.

They recall a packed theater, and were only able to find five seats together in the second row, right near the emergency exit where Holmes entered.

Han was tired from work that day and dozed through the previews. He recalled that he woke up to something other than the movie.

“When the movie started, I kind of woke up not to the movie, but more like something felt wrong to me but nothing was happening yet.” He told, “I wasn't really sure what it was and kind of blew it off.”

I recalled seeing Holmes throw a gas canister into the crowd and initially thought it was a prank. When he realized there was gunfire, he grabbed Davis and brought her to the ground.

He said he pushed her under the chairs, between himself and Holmes. Han got shot in the hip and knee.

For a moment, the shooting stopped. Han explained, “His gun jammed and I heard a clicking noise so I told her, ‘If we leave, we need to leave right now.”

As Han, Davis, and their friends darted for the exit, Davis remembers locking eyes with the gunman. “He was looking up and he was looking at me.”

She explained, “He saw Holmes drop the gun he was working on and pull out another gun that he had on him. That's when God gave me strength to push us into the cubby hole.”

As the group entered the small entryway between the theater and the exit, they fell to the floor as the gunfire resumed. They were then able to make it out of the theater and recall running as fast as they could.

Nine months after the shooting and after recovering from their injuries, Han decided it was time to take their relationship to another level. Han proposed on April 9 while they were visiting South Padre Island in Texas.

She hesitated with his suggestion to marry on the one-year anniversary of the shooting. After some thinking, she agreed. “I think it would be a good date to have our wedding, that way we can make good memories and start a new chapter of our lives, rather than allowing this memory from a year ago to stick with us every single year.”

Friends, family, community members, and strangers rallying around the couple, helped them plan their wedding.

The couple said everyone's love and support helped them overcome the tragedy.

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