Syracuse University graduate survives Colorado theater shooting
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:03:18 GMT — A Syracuse University graduate who was on a cross-county bicycle trip was among those injured in the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, Friday morning. A shooter opened fire in the multiplex theater around 12:30 a.m. at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." At least 12 people were killed and dozens more were injured. Stephen Barton, a Syracuse University graduate, tweeted a photo of his ticket to the 12:05 a.m. showing of "The Dark Night Rises" at Century Aurora, Theater 9. According to The Post-Standard, Barton was hit by shotgun pellets but did not suffer major injuries. Barton spoke at the Syracuse University commencement ceremony in May. He graduated as a triple major in international relations, economics, and Russian language, literature and culture. Barton ended his speech by saying, "Strive to fill your lives with memories as genuine and joyful as those that will be made today. And donâ??t forget, take plenty of pictures along the way." Taking pictures along the way is exactly what Barton was doing as he biked cross-county. His Twitter feed is full of photos taken from Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado all marked with #cycletrip. Read his commencement speech.
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