Aurora theater shooting victims need help with wedding

12:11 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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AURORA - The couple who was inspired to get engaged and married after surviving the Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012 needs some help with one of the most important parts of the wedding.

Eugene Han and Kirstin Davis chose July 20, 2013 to tie the knot. They want to take this day back and remember it differently, the couple says.

Davis is going to use her mother-in-law's dress for the occasion. She's looking for a someone who can help alter the dress to her size. If you want to help, email Davis at

Sunday, the couple spoke with 9NEWS Crime and Justice reporter Anastasiya Bolton about surviving the shooting , what saved their lives and their future.



"It was very scary," Han said.

He and Davis, with three other friends, sat close to the front of the movie theater. They were really close to the alleged shooter.

"[The] first thing I thought of, 'I'm the first one to go,'" Han said. "He was directly in front of me."

Century 16's theater nine was packed. Twelve people died that day and 70 were injured. Han, like many that night, covered girlfriend Davis with his body.

"[The] first thing [that] came to my mind was, 'God please help me because I know I'm going to die right now.' I started praying and telling God 'Let [Kirstin] live,'" Han said.

The now 21-year-old was shot in the hip and leg.

"It feels like a baseball is thrown at you," he said.

Han spent several days in the hospital, with Davis by his side every day. Pieces of one of the bullets are still lodged in his body.

"The ultimate person who saved my life was God," Davis said when asked about Han covering her.

"I'm glad He did protect us because we would've died," Han said. "It was scary."


By the time of the shooting, the couple had been dating for two years. Han said he'd thought of proposing to Davis, but something always kept him from it. He said something always came up. The shooting changed that.

"Life is short," Han said. "[It's] very short. You can die at any time."

Han decided to take a leap. Nothing was holding him back any longer.

"Out of nowhere he just starts talking to me," Davis said.

Han told Davis he wanted to get married on July 20.

"I was like, 'OK, it will help us to remember totally differently the day we could have died, is the day we get to spend the rest of our lives together," Davis said.


"The theater shooting just made us stronger," Han said. "You can move forward and be happy and enjoy life and be healthy. You never know when you're going to die. You don't."

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