Alex Sullivan of Aurora was among the 12 people killed in Friday's shooting at the Colorado movie theater. Sullivan has dozens of relatives who live in the Rochester area. James Holmes surrendered to authorities after the shooting and is in police custody.
In addition to those killed, 58 others were injured in the largest single shooting incident in U.S. history. Police are still in the process of identifying the victims and notifying family members.
In Penfield, Nancy Schwab and her family were praying for a miracle that her nephew survived the shooting, but late Friday night they received word Sullivan had been killed.
Schwab said Sullivan worked at the movie theatre. "He wasn't working last night but he was there with friends to celebrate his birthday," she said. Friday was Alex's 27th birthday and a group had gathered for the midnight showing of the new Batman movie. After the gunfire, several of his friends were injured, but there was no accounting of Sullivan.
The Schwabs are a close knit family. It was one year ago next week they flew to Colorado to celebrate Sullivan's wedding to his wife Cassandra. "He was very, very proud of himself and very excited to have all of the family come out," said Schwab.
Nancy Schwab began her journey to Colorado Friday evening, but was delayed by weather in Washington, D.C. She hopes to join her grieving sister and her family in Aurora on Saturday.