Ashley Moser, the 25-year-old victim of Friday morning's movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., remains in critical condition at the Aurora Medical Center with bullets lodged in her throat and abdomen. In her lucid moments she asks for Veronica, her 6-year-old daughter, unaware that the little girl was killed, making her the youngest victim of the gunman's shooting rampage at Aurora's Century 16 movie theatre.
UPDATE - 7/23: MSNBC reports Ashley Moser's mother, a doctor, and a chaplain finally told her of her daughter's death, reporting the mother was "crushed."
"Nobody can tell her about it," Annie Dalton, a family member, told the Associated Press. "She is in critical condition, but all she's asking about is her daughter."
The Denver Post describes Veronica as a "vibrant" child who was bragging a few days ago about learning to swim.
Doctors told the Post Ashley fades in and out of consciousness and will likely suffer some paralysis, but that they are hopeful she will regain some use of her hands. According to the report, Ashley was recently accepted to medical school.
Ashley's situation is not unlike that of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). When Giffords stabilized after being shot in the January 2011 Tucson, Ariz., massacre, her husband, Mark Kelly, had to tell her about the incident, and those who died, following the massacre. In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Giffords touched on the moment she found out about the other injuries and fatalities.
"I cried," she told Sawyer in her halted speech, adding she felt "sad."
CORRECTION: A previous version of the entry incorrectly identified Annie Dalton as Ashley Moser's niece, when Moser is actually Dalton's niece. It also stated Ashley Moser had just been accepted to medical school. She was accepting to nursing school.
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