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Jesse E. Childress, 29, was among 12 victims fatally shot in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012.
Published in Mercury News from Jul. 21 to Aug. 20, 2012.
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September 5, 2020
You are so missed. My heart hurts for your family!!
January 7, 2020
Happy belated new years in the afterlife.
Alex L.
June 27, 2019
Rest peacefully...
August 8, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
December 26, 2014
Please accept my sincere prayers that go out to the surviving family and friends may the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such a tragic loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies. (2 Cor. 1:2, 3).
July 20, 2013
Miss you man.
John Bench
February 6, 2013
Such a tragic and senseless act. Your sorrow is shared by many. Use the comfort in God's word the bible to help you over this one year anniversary emotional trial. Ask Him for help and He will give it to you. (Php.4:6 & 7)
January 31, 2013
Thinking of you today...
Casey Meshkova
January 10, 2013
It's taken me a while to write this, though I've wanted to so many times. Your memory lives on through so many people who love you and continuously think of you. You are never far from our thoughts and are always in our hearts. The world is short one amazing man. Rest in peace my friend. I'll keep my memories of you close, always...
Casey Meshkova
December 26, 2012
We may have not known each other very well while attending LHS but I just wanted to say thanks for doing such a heroic act when many would run away from the danger. You are an inspiration to the good of mankind.
Gabriel Milbauer
August 24, 2012
My children knew Jessie as we are in Thornton too. They went to Horizon and Thornton high. I lost my son nine years ago to a hit and run drunk driver. He was 23. His name was Justin but everyone called him Shadow. My daughter is Adina Rish. I knew Jesse when I saw the picture of him. I am so sorry for your loss, if I can do anything at all please let me know. My cell is 720-979-7990
Cynthia Rish
August 21, 2012
August 19, 2012
I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope Psalms 72:14 will bring you some comfort at this time.
August 4, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I worked with John Hook, Jesse's grandfather, and know this has to be so devastating for him and all of you. I pray for him. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Geri Dimmick
August 2, 2012
July 30, 2012
We will miss your spirit Jesse. While I didn't know you, I only hope to be blessed with a friend like you were some day in my life.
Patrick Smith
July 30, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Linda Potter
July 30, 2012
Simply another Ojai community member wishing to send you and your family my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I can only imagine your heartache; but know that we are holding your family in warmest spiritual embrace.
maggie phelps
July 30, 2012
To all those who knew Jesse and Gayle, we cannot know your pain, but we stand by you.
Brenda Mercado
July 29, 2012
r.i.p. jesse, may god bless you and your, kristi lee, colorado
July 29, 2012
As a family friend to the Childress family in Redding, Ca. my heart and soul goes out to all of you, I never met Jessi but i know his uncle Aaron very well and if he is anything like him I know that he is a wonderful man... especially after reading all the comments that were written on this site, and the heroism that he displayed on saving a fellow officer... In my book Jessi you are and will always be a true american hero.... I look forward to the day that we can meet in Heaven, and in God's words it shall be only in a blink of an eye.... God bless the whole family.... much love and hugs...
regina jasperse
July 29, 2012
I offer my prayers to Jesse's family. I too lost a family member in that senseless shooting and feel your pain. May you find peace on day.
July 28, 2012
My heart and prayers are with you and your family.
Stacey Alvarez
July 28, 2012
Prayers for your family from ours
Deborah Crader
July 28, 2012
Dear family, my heart breaks for the tragedy you had to experience. The world will be empty without Jesse, may we all acquire some of this courage and compassion in a world that needs it badly
Evert Bos
July 27, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire family.
Dick and Kathy Sebek
July 27, 2012
So deeply sorry for your loss. What a true hero. May God comfort you, and keep Jesse until you meet again.
July 27, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. I lived two doors down from you and I'm sorry to say I didn't really know you but I do feel the pain of your family. RIP, Jesse.
Amanda King
July 27, 2012
no words can express, no words can comfort, no words can heal. Thank you for your service Jesse.
Kat True
July 27, 2012
Hey Jesse,

I didn't even know that was your first name until this tragedy. I always knew you as Evan. Good to read through these rememberances and learn new stuff about you. I always wondered why you shaved off your awesome beard! I'll miss you out on the football field. It just won't be the same not seeing you out there.

RIP Evan
July 27, 2012
For the loved ones of Jesse Childress, may you find peace in the love and memories of Jesse.
July 27, 2012
I am sorry this happened to you Jesse you are a true hero. May you find peace and hapiness in heaven.
Lorraine Lucero
July 27, 2012
My heart goes out to Jesse family & friends and all the other families involved in this horrible tragedy. May God grant you strength and courage to get through this tragic time.
christine nardico
July 26, 2012
I salute your veteran. My condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country. It was my honor to have served with Jesse. He was a wonderful young man and will be remembered always.
Karen Rouse
July 26, 2012
I am proud to have been one of Jesse's high school English teachers at Littlerock High School. My remembrances of him are all positive--he was a kind, sweet, quiet young man with a magnetic smile. He died as he lived, doing what was right. My condolences go to his heartbroken family and friends. I am proud to have known him. God bless his parents who have to carry this unbearable burden that his untimely demise has brought to them.
Mary Simpson, Palmdale CA
July 26, 2012
A hero remembered by all forgotten by none My sincerest condolences to his family i will forever keep you in my heart thoughts & prayers may god give you strength & comfort in this tragic time please remember someone in Louisiana cares & will hold everyone involved in her heart forever
Valarie Little
July 26, 2012
I am saddened to hear of your sudden loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.-LaLande(Lafayette,La.)
July 26, 2012
To Jesse andyour family we are sorry this happened to a great young man who will never be forgotten.we met you 20 some years ago and you were a great friend of Trevor and it hit hard on him. But he will remember all your good times together .R.I.P.Jesse and God Bless your Family. Love Trevor;s Grandma and Grandpa Marge and Gene Hopfensperger ,Sparta Wi.
Marge Hopfensperger
July 26, 2012
Sorry for your loss.
Maria T
July 26, 2012
July 26, 2012
Our condolences go out to all of your family, Shannon and Lisa. We are so sorry that this has happened to a fine young man and to all of you. Your friends in Ojai are more than saddened and you are in our hearts.
Susana Arce
July 26, 2012
I never met or knew you, however, you have deeply touched the hearts in my family! Thank you for your military service, you will always be a TRUE Hero!
Tina Hollingsworth
July 25, 2012
Jesse, Thank you for serving our Country. You truly are a hero. We are so sorry to your family for tremendous, senseless loss of such a wonderful, loving, caring soul. Our prayers are with all of you for comfort and healing. Love in Christ, Pastor Dan and Debra Capperrune
Dan and Debra Cappperrune
July 25, 2012
I was there the day Jesse came in to interview for the job at the 310th. I will never forget that long beard he had and thinking about how he was going to have to shave it off. I got to be the one to issue him his first set of Air Force ABUs. Although I only worked with him for a short time, his memory will be with me always. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and to all those whose lives he touched.
Donna Folkerts
July 25, 2012
My heart goes out to the whole family during this tragic time. Sending love and healing thoughts to all.
Bernadette DiPietro
July 25, 2012
To Our Dear Gayel and Family-
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you during this incomprehensible tragedy.
Love Donna and all of us at FOTM
July 25, 2012
Dearest Sister,

Sending you open arms, warm smiles and gentle hugs to you and your family.

Peace be still,
Sister Moutique Ayodele El
July 25, 2012
So very sorry for you and your family. My thoughts are with you.
Jenny Phelps
July 25, 2012
Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sarah Jenks Flesher
July 25, 2012
Sending my prayers and heartfelt condolences to Gayel and all who knew and loved Jesse.
Dianne Bennett
July 25, 2012
Gayle, our thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.
Lanny & Rondia Kaufer
July 25, 2012
god bless you!! my prayers are with you all
shannon gardner
July 25, 2012
My sincere sympathy for your great loss. May the Good Lord embrace you during your grief.
July 25, 2012
Bob nDebbie
July 25, 2012
God bless this family. Collin, stay strong and take care of yourself in this time of turmoil.
Vicki Rader
July 25, 2012
You made Europe special for us. You were kind, and had a smile that lit up a room. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts with your friends and family.
July 25, 2012
I work with a company based out of the area that this tragedy occured in, and having the same name- I got a call asking me if I was okay and if this was me. I have the same name, and it is a rare one. I am in South Carolina, but have been traveling this summer.
My thoughts go out to this young man, and my heart to his family. Godspeed.
Jesse Childress
July 25, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
July 25, 2012
Eternal Rest Dear Jesse; God Bless your Dear Family.
July 25, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers to Jesse's family and friends.
Nancy & Bryan Bevans
July 24, 2012
Jess- you have accomplished so much in your short time here. Your family is in my prayers during this confusing and very sad time.
Katherine Foley
July 24, 2012
Thank you SSgt Childress for your service, I only worked with you for a week but I could tell you were a really cool, chill dude. You will be missed. God bless your family, and look after them like I know you will.
SrA Nelson
Jeremy Nelson
July 24, 2012
Jesse, Thanks for your service. The Air Force will miss you, too.
Rich Stine
July 24, 2012
I know Jesse is in GODS hands now
Jacqueline Adams
July 24, 2012
To the Childress Family

My prayers are with you and

all those lost. I know what a great friend Jesse was to my son Alex and his family. They played ball together and ran the tough mudder togetber. He was a truly a great person and will truly be missed.. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY in the upcoming days.
Jacqueiine Adams
July 24, 2012
Im very sorry for your lost my son is in the air forces and used to work with your son we are very sorry god bless he will be in our prayers.
July 24, 2012
With my Deepest Sympathy. Know that many share in your grief. God Bless you all.
Jerry Richardson
July 24, 2012
Our heartfelt sympathy for Jesse's family and friends. You'll be missed. You'll be remembered.
David Solomon
July 24, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jesse Childress. May Jesse always be remembered. R.I.P.
July 24, 2012
Rest in Peace! Heartfelt sympathy from Lansing, MI.
July 24, 2012
To The Childress family

What a tragedy, I am so sorry for your lost. It is very hard to even comprehend what has happen. But be certain that God knows how you feel and “he will heal your brokenhearted heart and binds your painful spots.” Psalm 147:3
sheila looney
July 24, 2012
RIP-Love & Prayers to the family from Texas
Melissa Pate
July 24, 2012
Heartfelt Sympathy from the Lenexa KS community
July 24, 2012
To the entire Childress family. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with all of you. In such a tragic time. May God bless all of you. Tammy Shorb (Hagerstown Maryland)
tammy shorb
July 24, 2012
John, Anita, Gail, and family...may God give you comfort and healing during your time of grief and senseless heart is breaking for you.
Pam Phillips
July 24, 2012
Had the pleasure of working with Jesse for a brief time in Kuwait. He was a great person and will be missed. My condolences to the Childress family.
Preston Pittman
July 24, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family> May God Bless You!
Wendy McKnight
July 24, 2012
My deepist condolences to the entire family...may god watch over Jesse as well as the family you are in our prayers
David & Erin LaFontaine Sr
July 24, 2012
With deepest sympathy to the Childress Family. May god provide you peace in this time of need.
July 24, 2012
Deepest Sympathy for your loss.
July 24, 2012
Childress Family, My condolcenes to the entrie family. May the God who gives comfort gives peace be with all of you.-RO.15:33
July 24, 2012
With deepest sympathy to the Childress family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
July 24, 2012
L Britt
July 24, 2012
I worked with Jesse at Schriever, he was on orders to help get all the computers up in the new 310 SW bldg. I'm a recruiter who works there and always asked he to fix my problems, he always did, he was a hard worker! While he was fixing my stuff I would always talk to him about how things were going on with him, we talked about his past in the Army, because I used to be Army too, and what was going on in his future. I know he was taking a break from school and was looking at all kinds of things for later on after he got off his orders. Jesse was a really nice guy, quiet and very friendly, he would always do what he could for anyone. My heart goes out to his family and his close friends, I know he will be missed! I just found out about this tonight from my wife and I was shocked, it hit hard, I'm still dumbfounded thinking about it.
Sean Watson
July 24, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. We can feel your sorrow and our hearts are broken. The Word of God says..." I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:18 ~God Bless You~
Chuck & Missy Pennington
July 24, 2012
I have never met Jesse but wanted to extend my sincere condolences to his friends and family. He will never be forgotten. Please take comfort in knowing that the world mourns Jesse with you today. You are in my prayers.
Karen Moore
July 23, 2012
RIP my friend. Thoughts and lots of prayers to the family.
Tammy Eskelson
July 23, 2012
Jesse was a kind and sincere young man with a great sense of humor. It is an honor to have served with him. My family's thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and loved ones.
Jason Molok
July 23, 2012
To each family member and friend that is suffering, i pray for each one of you during this difficult time. It breaks my heart to hear our community lost a hero. I didnt have the honor to know Jesse but we did go to same school and and i still live in lake los Angeles. It is such a sad time for our community and our class. Jesse you will be remembered as an American hero, thank you for your service to our country and the safety you and your fellow soldiers do to keep my family safe. My deepest condolences to ur family and friends.
yadira morris
July 23, 2012
What an incredible sacrifice this man made. God bless his family during their time of grief
Matthew Sappa
July 23, 2012
May you be strengthened in the days to come. My prayers are with you.
April Jones
July 23, 2012
Blessed is he who lays down his life for his brother. That is the ultimate expression of love. I know the Lord will honor that. May your family be blessed and comforted at this time. May you all find peace and love in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Jesse was a friend and fellow Airman with my
daughter Nicolette.She has only wonderful words to describe your son. Many will miss him terribly. Thankyou for your military service, it means so much to me.
Denise Padilla
July 23, 2012
May peace be with you Jesse. My deepest sorrows go out to you, your family and friends.
Christy Herder
July 23, 2012
I'm crying with you, Gayle...sending with all my love
Suza Francina
July 23, 2012
I became friends with Jesse in Germany while we both served in the same unit while he was in the Army. He had so many friends. He was blessed with great wit and was always trying to get everyone to laugh. He loved the Broncos and the LA Dodgers.
He always talked about getting out of the Army and moving back to Colorado. I remember going to an opening night showing of Transformers II with about 15 friend, among them were Jesse and my 5 year old son.
Jesse sat next to my son that night and I know that if that same madness would of happened then, he would have protected my boy if I couldn't have.
Jesse was a great Non-Commissioned Officer, Patriot, and friend.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
I would like to send my deepest sympathy and prayers to Jesse's family and loved ones,
John Bittner
July 23, 2012
May God walk beside you and give you peace during this awful time.
Lin Burnett
July 23, 2012
Jesse you were always a beautiful and loving person. You touched many lives and you will always have a special place in my heart. Pooh Bear and Tiger for ever.
Kwa'Neisha Brown
Kwa'Neisha Brown
July 23, 2012
Although I didn't know Jesse, I do know his grandma, Gayle. Sending my love and prayers to Gayle and her family during this difficult and sad time.

Arline Tepper
July 23, 2012
you will be missed
tammy cobb
July 23, 2012
May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand...
Jesse, may your soul rest easy and may God shed his healing graces upon your family in this time of loss. What happened to you was senseless and horrible. I am glad I had the opportunity to have you as a classmate in highschool, your smile was infectious and will always be remembered.
Amanda Johnson
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