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July 26th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

3D software recreates Aurora crime scene

Investigators can use sophisticated technology to analyze complicated crime scenes with multiple victims. CBS' John Miller explains how it works.

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July 25th, 2012
10:30 PM ET

Aurora survivors face big medical bills

Survivors of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, and their families, face crippling medical bills. CNN's Ed Lavandera received statements from Children's Hospital Colorado and the HealthONE healthcare system, which includes The Medical Center of Aurora and Swedish Medical Center, stating that they plan to eliminate or limit medical costs for those injured in the attack who can't afford treatment. We're trying to clarify how long medical expenses will be covered as many patients may need long-term care.

Caleb Medley was at the movie with his pregnant wife. She gave birth to their first son on Tuesday, while Caleb was struggling to recover from a gunshot to his head. He lost his right eye and is suffering brain damage. Medley's family doesn't have insurance. If you'd like to donate, go to http://www.calebmedley.com/help

Petra Anderson had a bullet lodged in her skull. Her sister makes a desperate plea for help in a YouTube video to explain that their mother is battling an aggressive type of breast cancer. The family can't afford to pay the bills for both Petra and her mother. If you'd like to contribute, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/readytobelieve

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July 25th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Remembering Rebecca Wingo, Aurora victim

Rebecca Wingo, a 32-year-old mother of two, died in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting. "We want Rebecca to be remembered for the loving, giving, brilliant soul that she was," her mother Shirley Wygal tells Anderson Cooper.

Rebecca had worked in the Air Force for 11 years and was going back to school. "She wanted to work with foster children who are aging out of the system and have no where to go," Wygal says.

Her best friend Kate Wodahl describes Rebecca as "vibrant" and says that everybody was drawn to her. "She was always there for anyone that needed her, all the time," Wodahl tells Anderson.

Wygal says that Rebecca's daughters who are five and nine don't understand permanence. "Even if the 9-year-old understands that mommy died, she can't imagine that mommy's never coming back," she says.

"It's important to remember how somebody lived their life, not just how their life ended," Anderson told Wygal and Wodahl.

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July 25th, 2012
10:03 PM ET

Dispatches: Rescue in theater 9

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on the urgent calls for help in theater 9 after the Colorado theater shooting, and the challenges facing first responders.

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Reporter’s Notebook: Aurora, Day 6
July 25th, 2012
05:17 PM ET

Reporter’s Notebook: Aurora, Day 6

It’s day six for our team in Aurora, Colorado. The days are long and the temperatures are hot…most days reach 100 plus degrees. But how can we complain? We can’t.

Twelve people are dead, dozens more injured.. some still fighting to hang on in the very hospitals we drive by each day to and from our live shot locations. I wake up in the morning and I often think of 6-year-old Veronica who lost her life in the theater that night. Her mother, who was shot in the neck, may not have been told yet her little girl is dead.

I also think about Caleb Medley. All he ever wanted to be was a stand-up comedian. Now he’s trapped in a medically induced coma in the ICU. He missed the birth of his baby boy Tuesday morning and may not even know he’s now a father. He has brain damage and has already lost an eye. His wife wasn’t shot that night, but no doubt she has emotional scars.

Why is it that tragedy breeds gratitude? Covering the story of the Aurora movie theater shootings, like many assignments over the years, puts life in perspective.

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July 24th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

Babysitter tried to save youngest victim in Aurora shooting

A teen who survived the Colorado theater shooting without physical wounds is learning to deal with her emotional scars. Kaylan, 13, watched as three people with her at the batman screening were shot, including 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan.

“I put my hand on Veronica’s ribcage to see if she was breathing,” Kaylan tells CNN’s Poppy Harlow, “but she wasn’t breathing so I started freaking out.”

Kaylan, who regularly babysat Veronica, showed tremendous courage in theater 9. “I felt like it was partly my job to protect her,” she says. “She was just a child.”

Veronica was the youngest victim to die. Her mother was shot in the neck and abdomen, but lived.

“I thought I was going to die,” Kaylan says. “It’s the scariest feeling to think that you’re going to die.”

Her pastor Michael Walker calls her a girl with a servant’s heart. “She’s the type of kid that would come in a room and say what can I do to help,” Walker says.

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July 24th, 2012
10:12 PM ET

Grieving father: Son 'was my best buddy'

Alex Sullivan died in theater 9. It was his 27th birthday and he was just two days shy of his first wedding anniversary.

Earlier that night Alex tweeted: “oh man one hour till the movie and its going to be the best BIRTHDAY ever”

“He was my best buddy in the whole world,” his father Tom Sullivan tells Anderson Cooper. “I always went with him places. People would say, ‘Tom when I see you you’re always with your kids,’ and I said, ‘well that’s why you have them they’re supposed to be with you.’”

Sullivan says that going to the movies was a tradition. “We have always gone to the movies on his birthday,” he says. “We started back when he was 6-years-old.”

He also tells Anderson that Alex’s wife is coping with the loss.

“He was just such a fun guy and he was so empathetic,” Sullivan says to Anderson about his son Alex.

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July 24th, 2012
10:11 PM ET

'Miracle' stories of survival in Aurora

CNN's Randi Kaye tells the story of survivors who lived through the gunfire in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater.

Katie and Caleb Medley are high school sweethearts who had their first baby, Hugo, this morning. Both were caught in the attack. Katie and the baby were unharmed, but Caleb is still in a medically induced coma. To help them, go to Caleb's website http://calebmedley.com/help

Stephanie Davies helped save the life of her friend Allie Young who was shot in the neck. Stephanie didn't leave Allie to find safety, she stayed with her and applied pressure to her wound. Then, she carried her friend across two parking lots to an ambulance.

Petra Anderson was hit four times, with one bullet entering her brain. The 22-year-old was probably saved by a rare birth defect - a fluid-filled channel in her brain that maneuvered the bullet. Her family is struggling with paying for her medical bills along with those of her mother who is battling terminal breast cancer. To help, visit a website created by her friends and family: http://www.indiegogo.com/readytobelieve

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July 24th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Brain condition may have saved victim

Call it what you will - providence, fate or simply a stroke of incredibly good luck - Colorado shooting victim Petra Anderson has some of it.

Anderson, 22, sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the movie theater rampage last week. Three shotgun pellets hit her arm, and one went through her nose into her brain.

The head injury could have been fatal, but thanks in part to a brain abnormality she never knew she had, Anderson is on her way to a full recovery, according to her pastor.

He said there's just one way to describe what happened: "a miracle."

"The doctor explains that Petra's brain has had from birth a small 'defect' in it. It is a tiny channel of fluid running through her skull, like a tiny vein through marble, or a small hole in an oak board, winding from front to rear," Brad Strait, senior pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado, wrote on his blog this week.

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July 23rd, 2012
11:40 PM ET

Controlled detonation in suspect's apt.

CNN's Randi Kaye tracks the progress explosives experts are making at the Aurora shooting suspect's rigged home.

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