The Last Birthday On Friday

Saturday would have been Alex Sullivan’s 28th birthday.  This young man was one of the victims of the Aurora July 20th shooting.


He and his co-workers had gone to the midnight showing of the Dark Knight to celebrate his 27th birthday.  His first year wedding anniversary would have been on the following Sunday.

One cannot easily forget his father pleading for information on his missing son.  It would be hours, long and grueling hours, before Tom Sullivan would receive the official word about his son.

Like Jessica in our previous post, this was a young man who was enjoying life.  So many things could be said and have been said about the lives of those who were senselessly slaughtered in Aurora on that very early Friday morning.

Alex’s Uncle Joe Loewenguth said,

He was a very, very good young man. He always had a smile, always made you laugh. He had a little bit of comic in him. Witty, smart. He was loving, had a big heart.”

Alex’s Grandmother Joyce said,

He is our real-life super hero. He is a beloved husband, son, brother, grandson and friend to everyone. Words cannot express the grief of our entire family. Alex was a gentle giant, known and loved by so many. He always had a smile on his face, and his warmth was contagious and heartfelt. Once you met Alex, you were a friend for life.”

There is no logical, rational answer to the question of why.  Violence, especially cold-blooded murder, harkens back to earliest times when Cain murdered Abel outside the gates of Eden.

Too many lives are lost each day to violence on this planet traversing the cosmos.  The means of killing have evolved from the club and rock to guns, knives and home-made bombs on street corners.

There is a lot of talk about what to do about violence.  Washington debates it as do state houses, but the reality is that innocent lives like Alex’s are lost each day in the never-ending cycle of people who for whatever reasons decide to alter reality for other people who are just going about their lives.

For families such as the Sullivan Family violence is not an abstract concept to toss around at a luncheon with lobbyists and fellow politicians.  It is real and it is painful.  This reality cannot be erased over a few glasses of Bourgogne Chardonnay and lobster tails in Washington.

Too many times in our culture the victims fade into the shadows of yesterday while the person responsible for the horrific tragedies is showcased in our media outlets.  It is time to focus on and to remember the victims and to cease the glorification of those responsible for their murders. Time to end the violence.

To the families of those who lost their lives and to those who still are suffering from their physical and emotional wounds—you are not forgotten.  There are many who pray for you and remember you in their own ways.

May your memories of your loved ones be a comfort to you on this anniversary of sadness and tears.  Continue the good fight for justice and the end of such senseless violence.

G. D. Williams       © 2013

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Alex Sullivan’s Obituary

Daily News

Huffington Post

The Daily Caller

What I will tell you, sir, is that my son was murdered in the Aurora theater by a man who had bought a 100-round drum and murdered my son,” he said.

“And I would like to ask, and say to the two of you, please try and imagine what that was like having to go around to the hospitals here in town looking for my son and then finding out that he was lying in that theater, dead from a single gunshot wound to his heart,” Sullivan continued, his voice emotional. “And then have to go back and tell his mother and his sister that he went to the movies one night and he never went home.”

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