On July 20th, 2012, at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, a young man named James Holmes tossed tear gas canisters into a crowded midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, one of the Batman movies. He then opened fire on the moviegoers. Twelve people were killed; 70 others were wounded.

With this episode of the podcast, we’re marking the five-year anniversary of that shooting by learning about some of the people who were in the theater that night.


Tom and Terry Sullivan came to StoryCorps to remember their son, Alex, who was celebrating his 27th birthday at the movies that evening. And we also hear from Maria Carbonell, one of Alex’s coworkers who was with him at the theater. Maria and her 12-year-old son, Armondo, survived the shooting, and like Alex’s parents, have found profound ways of remembering what happened to their families, and honoring the memories of those who were lost.

Released July 18, 2017.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
Kai Engel – “Modum”
Blue Dot Sessions – “Lacquer Grove ”
Borrtex – “Hope
Lee Rosevere – “Memories Again”
A Ninja Slob Drew Me – “Deleted Water, ” “Retreat ”
Yann Tiersen – “Le Matin”
Gillicuddy – “Porthglaze Cove