13:57 31 July 2012
James Holmes, the crazed gunman responsible for the massacre in a midnight screening of the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, has claimed his 13th victim.
The shooting initially left 12 people dead and 58 wounded, but eight days after the tragedy, pregnant survivor Ashley, 25, suffered a miscarriage and lost her unborn baby. The baby, who died on Saturday, marks the 13th fatality in the shooting.
Ashley, who also lost her six-year-old daughter Veronica during the shooting, was in surgery for her own injuries when the miscarriage occurred. Following the deaths of her two children, Ashley is ‘devastated’, relatives say.
“We really thought the baby might live but I think her body had just been through too much.”
The family’s official statement blamed the miscarriage on the ‘extreme trauma’ that Ashley had suffered.
Ashley, who suffered two hits in the throat and another in the stomach, has survived only by a miracle. Her family has paid tribute to the police, paramedics, and hospital staff who played a huge role in her survival. She will, however, spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
Her boyfriend Jamison Toews was also injured after a bullet grazed his head. But what’s more tragic was how he saw six-year-old Veronica killed: “Another one came and hit her right in the chest, right in front of me.”
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