Fundraiser in Tempe for youngest victim of Colorado shooting

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 10:00 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The father of the youngest victim of the Colorado mass shooting is in the Valley for a fundraiser.

Ian Sullivan, 26, lost his daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation.

"She was very adventurous, she'd always want to try stuff and for some reason, she'd always want to be just like me... wasn't so quiet like me," Sullivan said softly. "She was very happy, we'd always go out and she'd never have problems making friends at the playground."

Sullivan says his ex-wife, Ashley Moser, and his daughter went to the midnight showing of the Batman movie - but he doesn't like to talk about the details.

"That was another person in the party's idea," said Sullivan. "Actually got off of work about the time of the incident and didn't know anything about it. Went home, went to sleep and was called by a relative."

For Sullivan, life has turned upside down since that night, and slowed to a crawl. He says he feels every second.

"Every day is different, it's a roller coaster up and down and you don't go day by day, you don't go hour by hour, you don't even really go minute by minute."

Sullivan has decided to attend the suspect's court hearings.

"I sat front row, as close as I could get to the individual and I need that for a sense of closure essentially," said Sullivan, without a mention of James Holmes' name.

"He walked into the theater planning whatever he was planning, I want him to see what he's actually done," Sullivan added.

Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of murder, and 116 counts of attempted murder, but that won't cover the miscarriage Moser suffered after the shooting. Her family members also say she will be paralyzed because of her injuries.

The trip to Arizona is the first real public appearance Sullivan has made since July 20th.

In Colorado, he's recognized wherever he goes, so coming to the Valley has been a bit of a relief.

"Better sense of normality, first real sense of normality... honestly, this is the first good distraction I've had," he said.

Sullivan says although life will never be the same, it will go on, and coming to Phoenix to thank those whose hearts have been touched by the shooting is the first step.

"These people want to reach out and help in every way that they can so I want to be able to show my appreciation," Sullivan stated.

The fundraiser will be held at:

BBQ ISLAND

8425 S. Emerald Drive #103, Tempe

10am-5pm

$5 donation for BBQ, raffle prizes available

 

 

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