Navy veteran, 2 service members killed in shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 21 at 11:01 PM

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Navy officials say one of the people killed in a Colorado movie theater shooting was a Navy veteran.

Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello says 26-year-old Jonathan T. Blunk of Aurora, Colo., served three tours of duty between 2004 and 2009.

Military officials have also identified two active service members, 27-year-old Navy sailor John Larimer of Crystal Lake, Ill. and 29-year-old Air Force Reservist Jesse Childress Thornton, Colo., as two the 12 victims.

Larimer was a Navy cryptologist at nearby Buckley Air Force Base. Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski says four other sailors were at the theater, including one who was injured and treated at the scene.

Air Force officials say Childress was a cyber-systems operator based at Buckley. Another Air Force airman from the base was wounded during the shooting.

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