Gordon W. Cowden, age 51, was the oldest of twelve fatalities in the Aurora Century 16 movie theater massacre. A quick-witted global explorer and small business owner, he will be remembered for his devotion to his family. He had taken his two teenagers to the July 20, 2012, midnight debut to fulfill and share their excitement for the Batman movie franchise and premiere of the summer: The Dark Knight Rises. His children escaped unharmed but not unscathed.
A makeshift memorial for the Aurora Century 16 theater massacre brings together people of disparate backgrounds under the shadow of shared grief. This moment shows a tearful Harley-Davidson rider — also a Boomer — praying for the victims with an elder representative of the Billy Graham organization, who he had just met. A child watches nearby.