Aurora, Colo. massacre:
Mequon victim recovers; UW-Whitewater mourns another victim
Nick Montes reports. Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
AURORA, Colo. - A Milwaukee-area university was mourning a recent graduate who was killed in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater massacre.
Meanwhile, the condition of a man from Mequon who was shot inside that theater was improving on Monday.
Several people from Wisconsin were involved in the mass shooting which James Holmes is accused of committing on Friday morning in Aurora, Colo.
Holmes was expected to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday. A prosecutor said Monday that Holmes could face the death penalty if convicted.
A victim who died is from Illinois, but graduated from UW-Whitewater.
John Larimer had a bright future ahead of him after joining the navy.
Larimer, 27, was one of 12 people killed in Friday's mass shooting.
His former professor remembers him fondly.
"Even students who didn't know John would have considered it to be, you know, an important member of the campus community that is no longer with us," said Susan Johnson, the chair of the UW-Whitewater Political Science department.
Carey Rottman, who is from Mequon, was shot in the leg but survived. He attended Homestead High School.
He was inside a hospital Monday morning.
"We're waiting for a surgeon to come in and evaluate his leg," said Dale Rottman, Carey's father, on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" on Monday.
"It will probably be about a year before he gets to what he was before the shooting."
Dale explained that Carey had previously gone through recovery from a serious injury when this massacre occurred.
"He tore his ACL on his opposite leg. He had just finished recuperating from that, and was just getting back to sports again, and then this happened."
His friend was also injured, but both are expected to be OK.
Katie Trakel, from Sheboygan, was shaken up after bullets went through the wall of the neighboring movie theater, where she was sitting when the shootings happened.