Funerals begin for Colo. theater shooting victims

Funerals begin for Colo. theater shooting victims

CREATED Jul 25, 2012

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado father killed in last week's theater shootings will be the first to be laid to rest.

A funeral service for 51-year-old Gordon Cowden was planned for Wednesday. He had gone to the midnight showing of the new Batman movie with his two teenage children,

Cowden was the oldest of the 12 people killed at the "Dark Knight Rises" showing. The businessman's teenage children escaped unharmed.

Later this week, families of other victims planned to say their goodbyes.

Funerals were planned in towns from San Antonio, home of aspiring sportscaster Jessica Ghawi, to Crystal Lake, Ill., hometown of Navy intelligence officer John Thomas Larimer.

Also Wednesday, residents of the apartment building where suspect James Holmes lived are waiting to see if they could return home.