Rebecca Wingo (Family photo)
McALLEN (July 23, 2012)—Rebecca Wingo, 32, one of the victims of the Colorado theater shooting, spent part of her childhood in Texas friends remember her as a hard-working single mother who could light up a room with her smile and carefree spirit.
Wingo of Aurora, Colo., graduated from high school in Quinlan, east of Dallas.
Cody Shafer helped organize a gathering of friends Sunday in Aurora to remember Wingo who he says Wingo performed his and his partner Marq's marriage ceremony in Iowa two years ago and remained a close friend.
Shafer says Wingo worked for a medical company and attended school, while raising her two daughters.
She was an Air Force veteran.
She was among 12 people killed in a shooting rampage early Friday at a movie theater in Aurora.
Meanwhile the mother of a 27-year-old Texas man wounded in the shooting says he watched as his friend died.
Mother Sue Greene said Brent Lowak was sitting with Jessica Ghawi when he heard the hiss of gas from canisters thrown by the gunman.
She said her son and Ghawi ducked but she was hit in the leg.
According to the mother, as Ghawi screamed, her son applied pressure to her wound, but then she stopped screaming.
Greene said her son then realized Ghawi had been shot again and soon she was dead.
Ghawi was an aspiring sports journalist who recently moved to Colorado from Texas.
Lowak, of Bulverde, was wounded in the backside and taken to a hospital in a van.
He's expected to make a full recovery, but must undergo rehabilitation.