Just five days ago blue-eyed Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age six, was boasting about learning to swim – but her life was cut tragically short.
She was named on Saturday as one of the 12 victims of the Aurora cinema shooting.
Veronica’s great-aunt, Annie Dalton, told the Denver Post that she was “vibrant and excitable”.
Tragic: Veronica, aged just six, had recently learnt to swim
The other 11 victims were 26-year-old navy veteran Jon Blunk, student AJ Boik, 18, sports journalist Jessica Ghawi, 24, sailor John Larimer, 27, cinema-worker Matt McQuinn, 27, Subway sandwich worker Micayla Medek, 23, bartender Alex Sullivan, 27, psychology graduate Alexander Teves, 24, Air Force reservist Jesse Childress, 29, businessman Gordon Cowden, 51 and 32-year-old Rebecca Wingo.
Another 58 people were injured when suspect James Holmes, who is due to appear in court on Monday, opened fire during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises early on Friday morning.
Holmes has reportedly been moved into solitary confinement for his own protection.
Police said the rampage was planned with “calculation and deliberation”.
For months James Holmes received deliveries that authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his flat with dozens of bombs.
Experts have now made Holmes' booby-trapped suburban Denver home safe.
It was rigged with bombs and dangerous chemicals and some of these materials were taken to a remote location and detonated in controlled explosions.
On Sunday President Barack Obama will fly to Denver to meet with the victims’ families.
In an address to the nation, he described the massacre as a “heinous crime”.