Gordon W. Cowden, 51, of Aurora was the oldest of the victims killed in the theater. The Denver Post
His family released this statement:
"Loving father, outdoorsman and small business owner, Cowden was a true Texas gentleman that loved life and his family. A quick witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle."
Cowden had taken his two teenage children to the theater the night of the shooting. The teenagers escaped unharmed.
A spokeswoman said the family ''wishes to express appreciation for the concern and prayers offered us during this very difficult time. Our hearts go out to everyone that has been harmed by this senseless tragedy.
"The family respectively requests privacy as we cope with the loss of our loved one. Thank you for understanding that we will not be granting interviews or speaking to members of the media. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with all who are suffering due to this tragic event."