Memorials Continue for Colo. Shooting Victims

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Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes heard the 12 counts of murder charges against him just a day after grieving family members began burying their loved ones in funeral services Sunday.

At a church in San Antonio, family and friends remembered aspiring sportscaster Jenny Ghawi.

"Lord, today we celebrate life. The night before You left this world, You told us to take heart and be of good cheer because You have overcome the world," Pastor Robert Emmitt, with Community Bible Church in San Antonio, said.

"If this coward could have done this with this much hate, imagine what we could do with this much love," Jordan Ghawi, Jenny's brother, said.

In Illinois, Petty Officer 3rd Class John Larimer was honored. The Navy intelligence technician gave his own life when he pushed his girlfriend out of the path of the bullets.

"To me, he's as much of a hero as a soldier who throws himself on a hand grenade to save his buddies," one mourner said.

And in Colorado, Ana Moser, the grandmother of the youngest shooting victims, tried to process the double loss of her 6-year-old granddaughter, Veronica, and the miscarriage of a grandson who was born after his mother, Ashley, was shot. She was 8 weeks pregnant at the time.

"It was because of the stress and trauma. Ashley's been through a lot," Moser said of her stepdaughter.

In addition to multiple murder charges, 24-year-old James Holmes faces more than 100 additional charges, including attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment.

At the heart of the case against Holmes is a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist. Police intercepted the book, which is said to include plans for a massacre.

Holmes' attorneys said the police action violates doctor-patient privilege. But some defense experts disagree.

"If a psychologist or a psychiatrist feels someone they are treating, a patient of theirs, may pose a threat, in most states they are obligated to do something," explained threat assessment psychologist Maria Mandazo.

Although Moser planned to attend the court hearing, she can't confront Holmes there. But she said she knows what she would say.

"How dare you? Who gave you the right? I don't care what your motive is," she recently said. "He knew what he was doing. I want to see justice."

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