Thursday, August 2, 2012

Violent tragedy won't keep a touring cyclist down

Stephen Barton and Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent had been planning their cross-country bicycle ride for three years. Earlier this year, they finally departed from their homes in Southbury, Connecticut and began their two-wheeled journey to San Francisco.

About six weeks into their trip, they arrived in Aurora, Colorado, where they planned to visit and spend the night with another close friend. They decided to pass the time by going to check out the new Batman film. And so, at midnight on July 20, they found themselves in the Century 16 theater, and facing the mayhem that is now etched in our memories.

Stephen and his local friend were critically injured in the shooting; Ethan fortunately escaped unharmed.

Stephen is currently recovering at the Medical Center of Aurora. The 22-year-old says that he eventually wants to finish the bike trip, and use it to benefit other victims.

You can read more in this story from NPR, and in the video below from in Colorado:

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