The alleged Colorado movie theater gunman made a court appearance today, giving the world the first look at the 24-year-old’s flaming red and orange hair. During the hearing, several relatives and friends of the victims sat in the front rows of the courtroom, among them were Tom Teves, whose son Alex, died in Friday’s shooting rampage. “I wanted to see what he looks like,” Mr. Teves told Anderson tonight on 360. “He doesn’t look like much,” he added.
Mr. Teves went on to say, “It’s not about him. I just wanted to see him and I wanted to see there’s people who care and aren’t afraid of him.”
Mr. Teves is urging everyone to focus only on the victims, not the alleged gunman.
“Alex was all about life,” said his father. “He just wanted to help people.”
The 24-year-old earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Denver in June.
That’s where he met his girlfriend, Amanda Lindgren. Alex shielded her from the bullets in theater 9.
She told Anderson that Alex saved her life. “With every ounce of my being he did, I wouldn’t be here without him.”
Ryan Cooper was Alex’s friend for 10 years. “He was my best friend, but saying friend almost doesn’t even do it justice. He really was like the other part of me.”
Amanda, Mr. Teves and Ryan all talked with Anderson about their loss and how they want everyone to remember a life cut too short.
“It’s not even about what drew me to him, it’s about what drew everybody to him,” Ryan said.
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