Relatives mourning loss of 6-year-old killed in Colorado movie theater shooting

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 6:19 AM

HOUSTON – One of the casualities of Friday’s shooting at a Colorado movie theater include a six-year-old girl whose mother remained in intensive care on Saturday. The mother’s uncle resides in Houston.

"This is just like a nightmare right now," said Annie Dalton, six-year-old Veronica Moser’s great-aunt.

When a gunman barged into a "Dark Knight Rises" movie premiere, he shot 71 people and killed 12. Dalton’s niece, Ashley Moser, is still in an Aurora hospital with bullets lodged in her neck and abdomen.

"(Veronica) is all she’s asking about right now," Dalton said. "Her whole life is changed in a flash and for what?"

Doctors initially feared that Ashley would now be a quadriplegic but she has made strides and is able to move her hands, said Dalton.

"Ashley was just at my house a couple nights ago with Veronica," Dalton said. "You know, it’s surreal. Everything is surreal right now."

Just days before the tragedy, Dalton said Ashley’s dream of becoming a nurse seemed within reach

"She just got into the (licensed professional nurse) program," Dalton said. "She was just starting school next week. (She) was trying to keep her life together. She’s got a vibrant girl, a 6-year-old who was just bragging about learning how to swim on Tuesday. They were putting their lives together."

Instead, loved ones say Ashley is fighting paralysis and immense grief. Relatives are doing their best to help Ashley cope, but it is a struggle.

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