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Aurora Survivors Wed a Year After Mass Shooting at Theater

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By Michael Mullins   |   Monday, 22 Jul 2013 08:18 AM

Two Aurora shooting survivors, Kirstin Davis and Eugene Han, were married Saturday, one year to day after the mass shooting during "The Dark Knight Rises" in a Colorado movie house that left a dozen people dead and more than 70 injured.

Davis, 22, and Han, 21, were childhood friends who having met through their church in the fourth grade, only began dating two years before the movie house massacre.

Sitting in the second row, only feet away from the emergency exit where accused shooter James Holmes allegedly entered the theatre through, Han immediately shielded Davis with his body when the shooting began, taking two bullets in the process, one in his hip and the other in his knee.

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"I didn't even know what was going on at the moment. I thought it was a prank," Davis told ABCNews.com after Holmes allegedly walked out onto the stage of the theatre and began throwing gas canisters into the audience. "The next thing I know, I see red things coming out of the corner."

The "red things" were actually the rounds being fired from the shooter's gun.

Han immediately dropped to the ground and grabbed Davis, pinning her below the seats while shielding her exposed area with his own body.

"Next thing I know he's pulling me out of my seat and telling me, 'Don't move. Just stay still. Whatever you do, don't move,'" she added.

Han told ABCNews.com that when he got shot in the knee, he actually "saw pieces of flesh fly by."

"The hip hurt more. The knee was more a through-and-through," he said. "I was kind of freaking out."

The real-life nightmare was interrupted by the shooter's rifle jamming, giving the couple, along with their four friends, a chance to make a break for the very same exit the shooter entered from.

According to Davis, who helped carry her wounded boyfriend out from the theatre, she remembers locking eyes with the shooter as she dashed for the exit.

"He was looking up and he was looking at me," Davis said referring to the shooter.

"[Han] saw Holmes drop the gun he was working on and pull out another gun that he had on him," Davis added. "That's when God gave him strength to push us into the cubby hole."

The "cubby hole" was a small area between the theater and the exit, ABCNews.com reported.

The group of six friends managed to get through the exit and to safety.
After being treated for his wounds at a local hospital, Han has underwent physical therapy for the last year.

In April, Han decided to take their relationship to the next level and propose to his longtime friend.

"We were still dating and I was planning on proposing even before [the shooting] but I never had the chance to," Han said to ABCNews.com. "When the theater shooting happened, that's when I was like, I really need to do this because you don't know what's going to happen after tomorrow."

As for when the pair would get married, Han suggested the one-year anniversary of the shooting, though Davis was initially hesitant about the idea.

"I was kind of uncomfortable about the idea because I didn't think it was okay to take a bad day and turn it into a good day, so I had to really think about it," Davis said.
Soon after, Davis agreed to the date for the wedding.

"I think it would be a good date to have our wedding," she recalled saying. "That way we can make good memories and start a new chapter of our lives rather than allowing this memory from a year ago to stick with us every single year."

In addition to the love they share, the couple emphasized the role their faith played in their life during their interview with ABC News.

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"Our faith is definitely a big part of this story," Han said. "Jesus saved me once because I accepted him, but then he saved me physically in the theater."

"I know for sure there will be a prayer for the families of the people that did lose someone last year," Davis added in closing.

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