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Condemning the Atrocities that Occurred in Aurora, Colorado

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LAMBORN. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank Representative Mike Coffman and Representative Ed Perlmutter for leading this time this morning.

Mr. Speaker, the fact that the entire delegation--bipartisan delegation--is here is just a small reflection of how the people of Colorado are coming together and the people of Aurora are coming together after this senseless tragedy.

We've heard a lot of stories of bravery, both on the parts of the first responders and the parts of everyday citizens. I want to tell a story of one of the victims.

I'd like to share the story of Caleb Medley. Caleb is from the small town of Florence, just south of Colorado Springs. Today, Caleb lies in a medically induced coma after being shot in the face. In the days since that horrific shooting, his wife, Katie, has given birth to their first child, Hugo.

Caleb spent his teen years in Florence; and after graduating from high school, he married his high school sweetheart, Katie. He went to work at a local grocery store. Like most people, he and Katie have big plans and dreams for their lives. From the time he was in eighth grade, Caleb has wanted to be a standup comedian. Katie wants to work in veterinarian medicine. The young couple moved to the Denver suburb of Aurora to pursue their dreams.

On July 18, just 2 days before the shooting, Caleb appeared at the Comedy Works and did well enough to advance to the next round. And he and his wife, Katie, were looking forward to their baby's birth a few days later. But before little Hugo could be born, Caleb and Katie made the fateful decision to go out one last night before becoming parents. According to a Web site that Caleb's family has posted, the two stood anxiously in line that night. They spent too much on popcorn and soda. They endured the movie trailers, and they watched the beginning of the movie. That's when evil struck. Evil came to them through a man that opened fire in that movie theater.

Katie and baby Hugo made it out uninjured, but Caleb was struck in the face by gunfire. Caleb has lost his right eye, has some brain damage, and doctors have put him in a medically induced coma.

So, Mr. Speaker, I ask that the people of America would be praying for Caleb and his family. We are pulling for you, Caleb, and for all the victims of this senseless tragedy.


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