Katie Medley, 21, and her husband Caleb, 23, moved to Aurora from the small town of Florence, Colorado to pursue their dreams. Katie enrolled in veterinary school, and Caleb decided to pursue comedy. He was just advancing in his comedic career when he became one of the nearly 60 victims of “The Dark Knight” screening shooting. He was struck in the face by gunfire, and has lost his right eye.
According to a Web site set up for Caleb’s recovery, he has some brain damage and doctors have put him in a medically-induced coma. He has not yet seen his baby boy, who was born today at 7:11am. Katie was seated next to him during the midnight showing of the film, but she and the unborn baby were unharmed.
The Daily News reports Katie’s father, David Sanchez, said doctors won’t allow him to see the baby yet, due to infection concerns. Also, medical bills could top $2 million, and the couple is without medical insurance.
Family and friends have set up the page to collect donations for the medical expenses for the couple.
“Any amount is helpful, even a dollar will help,” says the site.
Rebecca Wingo, 32, was another victim of the shooting, who unfortunately lost her life immediately, leaving two daughters behind — ages 9 and 5.
“I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man, my grief right now is inconsolable, I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable, Lord why, why, why?” her father Steve Hernandez had written on Facebook the day after the massacre.
The Denver Post reports her ex-husband, Robert Wingo, knew Rebecca for 15 years and says he doesn’t know how to live his adult life without her. They met while both studying at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., after she had spent nearly a decade living in Hawaii serving as a U.S. Air Force translator.
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh this person was amazing.’ It wasn’t that, it was that Rebecca was a catalyst. She was the person who walked into a room, and then everything is going to happen,” her former husband told The Denver Post. “She would brighten a room, and take you in a direction. Rebecca, she kind of had her own gravity to her, and that’s why so many people like her.”
He adds that he wants his daughters to be like Rebecca — fearless and living life with abandon.
A fundraising page has also been set up for the Wingo’s daughters. According to the site, the girls are with their uncle Steven Hernandez.