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John T. Larimer, 27, 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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December 9, 2019
Hiya. I hope your family is doing okay....
September 25, 2019
You will remain in my heart for years...
August 1, 2019
To paraphrase a quote from Virgil, that one awful night of evil shall not erase you from the memories of the people who hold you in their hearts.
July 8, 2019
Hi John,
The tragic events in Aurora, CO left a bad taste in my mouth. This was as devastating as it gets, especially in a post 9/11 world.

You could not have died in vain while watching a Batman film that night in 2012. I am just terribly sorry you passed away.
December 6, 2016
I'm on limited retirement income so can't donate but still remember the heartache your family went through; prayers are with you.
Nancy Peterson
December 4, 2016
With love and respect, to you John and all your family.
Andy Weiss
August 8, 2015
In God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham,Sr.
July 5, 2013
It's been almost a year since you were taken from this earth, you and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers!!! We will never forget you and the service you gave to our amazing country, THANK YOU JOHN for everything you did for our country!!
Melissa Moncada
July 4, 2013
It's almost a year since this outstanding young man and others lost their lives in that horrific incident. John was about the same age as my youngest son and the incident tore through my heart. I too will always remember this young man.
Joan Smith
April 29, 2013
Dear family of John Larimer,

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. It's never easy to loss someone so special to you but always cherish the wonderful memories you shared with John. He will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched. I hope you find strength from family and friends, most importantly from God. He will give you the courage you need to go on in life but still hold onto those memories. John is now resting and you all have the opportunity to see him again someday.
November 8, 2012
I'm so very sorry this has happened. Though I did not know you in life, you seem like someone I would have been friends with. Much love from Ohio.
Shelly M.
August 6, 2012
Being only 19 and losing someone that was so close to me is unimaginable . John iloveyou so much. You have brought the family so close . You are a hero and always will be . You are loved by many people . You will always be my forever Johnny Bravos. Rest in paradise .
Margaret Lavin
August 4, 2012
I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in boot camp with larimer. You really get to know someone when you sit up all night shining shoes and writing down general orders. He's a great human being and the world needs people like him. Thoughts and prayers to your family big guy. Your a true man who will protect the people he loves at all costs. I aspire to be the man you were. Div. 145!
Codey Whitney
August 2, 2012
I can't imagine how diffucult it must be for the Larimer family, my thoughts and prayers are with John's family. Rest in Peace John, thanks for your service to our country, we deeply appreciate it so much.
Melissa Moncada
August 2, 2012
I process moves daily but none hit you as hard as the ones of fallen soldiers ~ you were taken from us way too soon & in such a senseless way !! RIP John Larimer and please know that we had our best men on your move & that your belongings are safe & sound and on their way home to your family ~~ you will not be forgotten !!!! ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
karin weaver
August 2, 2012
August 1, 2012
You were indeed a HERO. It is heartbreaking that you lost life in such a senseless tragedy. I am so sorry you did not live to pursue your dreams. Rest in peace in our Father's loving arms.
August 1, 2012
Scott and Kathleen,
You both raised an amazing son. The core values he had were learned from a young age. I will keep your family in my prayers for a long, long time. It was an honor to meet him and have my daughter train at Great Lakes with him. He was respected as a leader there and in Pensacola among the young sailors.
Donna & Jim Nikodem
July 30, 2012
As sad as these last few days have been, it was a wonderful tribute to John's life. It really helped to just be together and hold and cry together. This family will only get stronger and closer because of this horrible loss. We will always miss John.
Lynda Lavin
July 29, 2012
I am very sorry for the family of Jhon. I wish for you to gladly make it through your loss. I am 10 years old, Mary Beth. <3
Mar Beth Calgaro
July 29, 2012
Deployed to Heaven
My deepest sympathies are with your Family, and Friends. Taken too soon! I pray your loved ones find the strength they need to deal with your tragic loss. Thank you for your service, and sacrifices to our country. Greater Love Hath no Man, than to lay down one's life for a friend. God Bless You, and Your Family.
Mary Lynn Calgaro
July 29, 2012
r.i.p. john, may god be with you and your family, love, kristi lee, colorado
July 29, 2012
My wish is that every time your Family & Friends even think about, or get to share Fond Memories of John with each other it weaves a comforting prayer of soothing peace around all of your hearts and minds.
Rev Gunner
July 28, 2012
There are no words that can convey how sorry we are for your loss. May cherished memories bring you peace and comfort and healing.
Eric & Mary Kay Mace
July 28, 2012
I did not know the family or John but I do know one thing that comes from John 15:13 - Greater LOVE has no one than to lay down one's life for his friends and because of this I know that John is now in the right hands. I am deeply sorry for the loss the family has endured. God Bless all.
Sandy M
July 28, 2012
My heart and prayers are with you and your family.
Stacey Alvarez
July 28, 2012
To the Larimers and Lavins, I know that a big part of you died on that day. I only wish that I had met john when he was out here. I know that I would have seen in him, what I saw in his family: a love for life and family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
RIP John
G. R. Raab
July 28, 2012
Prayers for your family from ours
Deborah Crader
July 28, 2012
Dear family, my embraces and deepest compassion for you in this terrible time of grieving and the emptiness after John died. May we all have some of his courage and compassion that the world so badly needs. He is gone too soon, too soon.
Evert Bos
July 27, 2012
Kathy and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. John was a true hero. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Jen Cottrell
July 27, 2012
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen. Prayer of St. Francis RIP Hero
Tom Hicks
July 27, 2012
My deepest condolences to John's family and friends. Losing John this way is truly unimaginable and I know he will be missed forever. Always keep the good, happy and joyful times near your heart and in your mind. One day you will be able to think of John with a smile and not a tear. It will take along time, I will keep you in my prayers. I will pray for your strength.
Jean Parsons
July 27, 2012
I never knew John personally, but I have been friends with Colin and Beth for years. May peace be with you and your family during this troubled time.
Brian Bacheller
July 27, 2012
It saddens me that such a brave man who fought for us all was taken so early. My prayers are with the family and friends. John will not be forgotten
victoria cruey
July 27, 2012
Dear Larimer family, Our hearts are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of your son, John. We can only imagine the pain and sorrow that you are experiencing. Although we did not know him personally we remember seeing John compete in the Mr. CLS pageant along with our son, Josh. Our family is praying for you.
Mark & Judy Wood
July 27, 2012
I never knew John, but his aunt, Randee Larimer is my friend who I love dearly. My love and prayers are with the Larimer Family at this time of their loss.

John is the golden rose, and the water in God's healing hands is our tears.
Darlene Luke
July 27, 2012
Dear Larimer Family,

I remember John being a very laid-back and funny guy at Crystal Lake South, so I was shocked and saddened to hear that he died so needlessly. I cannot imagine the pain you are all feeling right now and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

John, thank you for serving to protect your loved ones and your country.
Thomas Kazmierczak
July 27, 2012
Dear Larimer Family and friends:
To listen to the tragic news of last Friday's events was overwhelming; knowing that one of our city's own was lost made it that much harder. I lost a 19 yr-old brother when he was in the Navy. He was not at war, either, yet it was a heart breaking loss nonetheless.
My prayers and thoughts go out to you and all those who knew and loved John. God Bless and be with you all.
Sally Cunningham
July 27, 2012
Dear Larimer family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for serving our country, rest in peace and god bless you John.
Ron & Andrea Lino
July 27, 2012
Dear Larimer Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are a wonderful family. I have fond memories of teaching 3 of your 5 children at Coventry School. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
Cendy Luto
July 27, 2012
Larimer family,

My heart goes out to you during this difficult time, especially under such terrible circumstances. I didn't know John personally, but we have many mutual friends, and Mrs. Price was my sister's math teacher at HHS. Having moved to this area only four years ago, I'm overwhelmed by the sense of community and the support of friends and strangers. Please let their memories of John provide you comfort and pride that so many people, such as myself, wish they could have known him.
Lindsey Sutkus
July 27, 2012
Extremely saddened by the senseless act
that took your life. Peace be with you.
God Bless.
Bob Simpson
July 27, 2012
I am so so sorry John this happened to you. I wish there was something I could do to bring you back. May God be with you and comfort you.
Lorraine Lucero
July 27, 2012
I didn't know John personally but after reading all about him and watching the news he is a hero and will be very missed. Just remember he will always be looking down on the family and smiling.
July 27, 2012
My heart goes out to Johns family & friends & 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 27, 2012
My heart just breaks for you and your family. I am so sad and still stunned to learn that one of your boys is involved in this horrible tragedy. He will forever be in our hearts and you and your family in my prayers.
Kathi Seibt
July 27, 2012
I did not know John nor the family but my heart breaks for all of you. Such a tragedy.
Michelle K
July 26, 2012
From everything I have read, John sounds like an exceptional young man, and the world was a better place because of him. Having lost a child, I can sympathize with your pain and the unbelievable grief you must be feeling right now. Let our community help you. My wish is for you to find peace. We will never forget you, John.
Pat & Mike Pfaller
July 26, 2012
As former residents of Crystal Lake, we know that the community will embrace and keep you in their hearts. We pray that the Larimer family can find peace in the knowledge that John will continue to watch over you. Rest in Peace John -- you are a hero in the eyes of many.
Bill & Mary Hayes
July 26, 2012
To the Larimer Family, once again, please know how deeply sad we are for you. John was a wonderful young man. We regret we cannot attend the visitation tomorrow. Being in Phoenix, we are grateful to have WGN out here. We made sure to watch the news video of John's solemn arrival at O'Hare, and respectful procession to Crystal Lake. Seeing the streets lined with many sad faces and flags made the tears flow again. Our hearts continue to break for you. Times like this makes me homesick for home and Crystal Lake friends and neighbors.
Lori Phelps & Family
July 26, 2012
A true American Navy Hero
July 26, 2012
You made me proud to call you my nephew. Always in my heart. RIP John
July 26, 2012
Deepest sympathy on the loss of your son John an American hero, may you find strength in each other during this most difficult time.
Denise C.
July 26, 2012
I have never met John, but his story pierced my heart. We are a small community and when I heard, I knew, my daughter must have know John, she did. As a mother, I know the pride & unbelievable grief John's family must feel. However, knowing you have brought such a wonderful, giving young man into the world is the greatest reward. Peace to your family, and gratitude for John's life & service.
Laurie & Craig Arnheim
July 26, 2012
The first time i saw johns picture i saw something special in his smile,it caught my attention. There was promise in his eyes. I felt it.To the family i am so very sorry for your loss.May God give you courage and strength to bring you through this difficult time. R.I.P john.God needed another angel and he has already earned his wings.
jinny bergan
July 26, 2012
Sending Lots of Love to the Larimer family from Lake in the Hills. John, you will always be remembered as a true American Hero. God Bless you friends and family.
With love from A US Navy daughter, with a son in Crystal Lake Schools.
July 26, 2012
thank you for being a hero john heaven gained a hero ,angel r.i.p god bless
karen breitenfield
July 26, 2012
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
Valarie Little
July 26, 2012
Deepest Sympathies to the Larimer Family
May you someday find comfort in the memories you will hold dear.Our thoughts & prayers are with all of your Family and Friends greiving for this wonderful young Man. May John T. Larimer rest in peace.
Jacqueline & Harvey Hoyer Bensenville,Il
Jacqueline Hoyer
July 26, 2012
My Heart Hurts For You And Your Family John Was A Hero I Have Lost Another Hero/Brother/Family Member
Matthew Carpenter
July 26, 2012
So very sorry for your loss. From what I have read, John was a wonderful young man and the type of son, one is so proud to present to the world. I know many, many people are praying for you and I am certainly adding mine. May God watch over you and send healing angels to all of you and John's friends too.
Susan Mason
Susan Mason
July 26, 2012
Sorry for your loss,our prayers are with you and your family
Kathy Blum
July 26, 2012
Sorry for your loss.
Maria T
July 26, 2012
July 26, 2012
Dear Joan Lavin & family...I am so so sorry to learn of your loss.Our prayers are with you. Brad and Pam (Hartman)Rice
July 26, 2012
Our girls went to grade school and played ball together and I remember John running around. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may John live on in your hearts forever. The McCannon Family
Sue McCannon
July 26, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with John at Regal. It was always a great day when you worked with him. I am sorry for your loss. He truly was a wonderful person.
July 25, 2012
John, your Spirit will live forever in our hearts of your rememberance. Our prayers are with your family for comfort, strength,peace and healing. We are deeply sorry for their tremendous loss.
Love in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Dan and Debra Capperrune
Dan and Debra Capperrune
July 25, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
~a caring mom~
July 25, 2012
I remember John from Coventry Elementary where we were classmates. I do not know how or why such malevolence finds the innocent and unsuspecting such as John, only to say that his heroism is a testament to what is good and righteous. I pray the Larimer family finds peace.
July 25, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I worked with John at Regal years back, and I will never forget the guy who hardly ever stopped smiling. A true hero, never to be forgotten.
Brandon Gengler
July 25, 2012
The hearts of our community break for you. Such an outstanding young man; such a loss for you - his family and our country. May God grant you, his loved ones, peace; and may God rest John's soul.

Nancy, Crystal Lake, IL
July 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends. I truly believe he was a hero.. May god help you thru this very difficult time.
July 25, 2012
RIP John. May the Lord be with your family and friends in this time of sorrow.
Vicky Pinera
July 25, 2012
My sincere sympathy for your great loss. May the Good Lord embrace you during your grief.
July 25, 2012
Bob n Debbie
July 25, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 25, 2012
This candle is here to help guide the family in the journey that follows. A journey you did not want ... a journey that you will not go alone. A journey your community and a country will take with you. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.
July 25, 2012
Family of John Larimer, My deepest thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Thank you for your sacrifice of serving as members of our military and the greatest sacrifice of all...I send condolances for the loss of a loved one.
July 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the entire Larimer family during this uniquely tragic and extremely difficult time. I hope you find comfort in the memories of John and with the friends and family that most certainly surround and love all of you.
Karen McGee
July 25, 2012
Along with all Americans, my heart breaks for your family. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Diane Horning
July 25, 2012
Im so sorry for your loss, You have my deepest sympathies.
Matthew Eby
July 25, 2012
God Bless you John.You are the definition of a TRUE HERO.
gina peabody
July 25, 2012
To the Larimer family

What a tragedy, it is surely so sad when loosing a loved one with so much life ahead of them. I am truly so sorry for your lost, you can find comfort for your sorrow in the arms of our loving heavenly father as “he will heal your brokenhearted heart and binds your painful spots.” Psalm 147:3
sheila looney
July 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
July 25, 2012
To the entire Larimer Family...our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you at this most difficult time....May God Bless all of you...
Animal Medical Center Of Crystal Lake
July 25, 2012
My deepest sympathies & prayers go out to the family & friends of John. I did not know him personally, however I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. He was a TRUE hero in my eyes. God Bless.
Kris M
July 25, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Larimer Family.
Allison and Kevin Kukowski
July 25, 2012
To the Larimer family, May God bless you and help you to find some peace.
July 25, 2012
Larimer Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember John as a toddler from my childhood when I went to school with Nora, and I also clearly remember your entire family's strength and integrity. You were always all such caring, wonderful people. I'm so sad for your loss and for the loss of John. I also remember him from my first year teaching at South. Even though I didn't have him in class, I knew of John because everyone knew him. He was that great of a guy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Lori Ratliff
July 25, 2012
Dear Mr. Latiner, as a fellow Navyman who served in the Naval Security Group for 12 years on both active duty and the reserve as both an enlisted man and a commissioned officer, words cannot express my sadness at your loss of life in Aurora, CO. The Navy will always need good men like you, especially in the Naval Security Group. Thank you for volunteering to serve our Country most especially in the area of communications. God Bless You and the United States of America.


Jeffrey L. Wien, LCDR, USNR-Retired
Chicago, IL 60601
July 24, 2012
Although we didn't know your son, our deepest condolences to the entire Larimer family. A Nation's thoughts and prayers are with you. We share the following, from "Footprints in the Sand"--"my precious son, John, when you saw only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you."
Sandley Family
July 24, 2012
John had a smile and humor that always lit the room. He comes from a family that my husband John and I want to emulate in the way they truly loved one another! John will be missed but I am glad to have known him and his family. May God wrap his arms around you and shower you with His love during this difficult time.
Jennifer Steinman
July 24, 2012
Mr. Larimer,
Thank you for your service. The Navy's missing you already, and you won't be forgotten.
Rich Stine
July 24, 2012
Even though I didn't know you, John, it always hurts to lose a Navy brother. May God rest your soul and bless your family and loved ones.
Nelson Hough
July 24, 2012
With my deepest sympathy. Know that many share in your grief. May God Bless you all.
Jerry Richardson
July 24, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of John Larimer. May John always be remembered. R.I.P.
July 24, 2012
Fair Winds and Following Seas. My prayers to the Larimer family and friends. CTR3 Larimer was an outstanding Sailor and made a lasting impact to those around him.
July 24, 2012
I did not know you but what I have read only tells me what a wonderful, kind and lovely young man. God creates beautiful people and you are one. My deepst sympathy to your family,& friends. May they walk with God for their comfort. You were escorted into heaven with 11 other people beside you. God Bless You.
Trudy Cashman
July 24, 2012
RIP-Love & Prayers to the family from Texas.
Melissa Pate
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