COLORADO – Friday’s mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater claimed the life of a U.S. service member who grew up in the Antelope Valley.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress died at the scene from injuries sustained in the incident, Pentagon officials said Saturday.
Childress reportedly grew up in Palmdale, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Childress, who was single and had no children, joined the service in January 2002. He was a cybersystems operator on active duty with the 310th Force Support Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado.
“Jesse was an invaluable part of the 310th family,” Lt. Col. Pat Walsh told CNN. “He literally touched everyone in the wing — over 1,000 people.”
Childress was one of several victims, that range in age from six to 51, who were killed when alleged gunman James Holmes opened fire during a midnight premiere of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” early Friday in Aurora, Colorado.
The attack left 12 people dead and 58 injured.
Military officials say they’re planning memorials for Childress and 27-year-old Navy sailor John Larimer, who was also killed in Friday’s attack.