The Chicago Tribune reports that 27 year old John Larimer of Crystal Lake Illinois was among those killed Thursday night in the Aurora Colorado theatre shooting. He was active in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Aurora on his first assignment after enlisting a year ago.
In a statement, the Larimer family said that at about midnight a Navy notification team arrived at their home to let them officially know that "our 27 year old son John was in fact one of the 12 killed at the theater in Aurora, Colorado."
"At this point our other son Noel is in Denver working with the Navy and the family here in Illinois to make arrangements to bring John home," according to the statement.
"We respectfully ask that the family and friends of John be allowed time and privacy to grieve for John and we send our thoughts and prayers out to the families of the other victims and those still recovering in the hospital. We love you John and we will miss you always."
Larimer, 27, was a Petty Officer 3rd Class assigned to Aurora, Co. as a cryptologic technician. He was assigned there in October 2011 after joining the navy in June 2011, a spokesman said. It was his first duty station after training.