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(RNN) - As family members began to speak publicly about loved ones lost in Friday's deadly shooting, more information about the victims' lives has begun to emerge.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office has released the names of all 12 people killed at the Century 16 Theater.

According to the office, 11 victims have been definitively identified.

Those victims are Jonathan T. Blunk, Alexander J. Boik, Jesse E. Childress, Gordon Cowden, Jessica Ghawi, John T. Larimer, Micayla Medek, Veronica Moser, Alex M. Sullivan, Alexander Teves and Rebecca Wingo.

The coroner's office said Matthew McQuinn has been presumptively identified and that all families have been notified.

Moser was the youngest victim at 6 years old, and her mother, Ashley, was in critical condition in the hospital as of Saturday after suffering gunshot wounds to her neck and abdomen.

Sullivan chose to celebrate his 27th birthday by going to see the midnight screening of Dark Knight Rises.

"The Sullivan family lost a cherished member of their family today," the family said in a release. "Alex was smart, funny, and above all loved dearly by his friends and family."

Larimer, 27, was in the Navy and his family in Illinois was notified about his death almost 24 hours after the shooting had occurred, according to a statement they released.

Another military member died in the tragedy - Childress, a 29-year-old Air Force reservist based at Buckley Air Force Base.

"This tragic event has affected everybody here at Buckley Air Force Base and our local community, friends and neighbors," base commander Col. Daniel Dant said in a statement. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of each and every loved one."

McQuinn, 27, died saving his girlfriend, who suffered a gunshot wound to the knee, according to a Denver Post report.

Blunk and Teves also died while protecting their girlfriends.

"Alex Teves was one of the best men I ever knew. The world isn't as good a place without him," tweeted a friend of Teves identified as Caitlin.

Boik, 18, was a recent graduate of Gateway High School and was set to attend the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design later this year. His family said he wanted to open his own art studio and teach art.

"A.J. was loved by all that knew him," Boik's family said in a statement. "We want to try and focus on the beautiful lives that were ended and not the evil that is responsible. This is a time for us to remember our loved ones and cherish the memories we have of them."

Perhaps one of the most chilling stories was one woman who may have skirted death at a similar incident barely a month ago.

Jessica (Ghawi) Redfield narrowly escaped a shooting at a Toronto mall where two people died.

In her blog, she wrote that she walked to the food court of Eaton Centre Mall for sushi. An uneasy feeling mounting in her stomach, she instead opted for a quick burger and walked outside to get some air.

It proved to be a potentially life-saving decision.

"I found out after seeing a map of the scene, that minutes later a man was standing in the same spot I just ate at and opened fire in food court full of people. Had I had sushi, I would've been in the same place where one of the victims was found."

"My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20," she wrote. "The gunshots rang out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of the gunfire."

"She left the food court three minutes prior because she had a bad feeling," Ghawi said.

"She dodged some events and she listened to her heart. I want people to remember that heart, remember the good things she did, remember that smile."

Her Twitter account tells the tale of the final moments of her life.

"Movie doesn't start for 20 minutes," she tweeted to a friend Thursday night.

"Of course we're seeing Dark Knight," she tweeted about an hour or so before a gunman opened fire in a Colorado movie theater at a midnight showing of the movie, killing Redfield and 11 others.

"She conveyed passion and she inspired people to do great things," brother Jordan Ghawi told Denver affiliate KUSA on Friday.

An aspiring sportscaster, Ghawi said his sister spearheaded an effort to collect hockey gear for victims of the recent Colorado wildfires.

She was active in the Denver sports scene and interned at a local sports talk radio station.

She described herself on her Twitter bio as "Southern. Sarcastic. Sass. Class. Crass. Grammar snob."

On his blog, Ghawi said his sister died of severe cranial cerebral trauma caused by a penetrating gun shot wound to the head.

After the Toronto shooting, Redfield said she was shown "how fragile life was," leaving her readers words to live by even after her passing.

"I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given," she wrote.

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