Photos: Meet Hugo, newborn son of Caleb Medley, wounded in Aurora theater shooting
There's a similar Facebook page devoted to Caleb Medley, a fledgling comedian who survived the assault but sustained terrible injuries only days before his wife was due to deliver their first child.
Here's how Medley, who grew up in Florence, describes himself on his website, CalebMedley.com:
Caleb Medley is a young, up and coming standup comedian and actor in the Denver area. Ready to perform at the drop of a hat, Caleb has a technique all his own. His down to earth style, Caleb can make you laugh at the most mundane but still true to life situations. With a variety of productions under his belt Caleb draws experience from his time in the theater and time spent in the clubs. Caleb stands tall (and wide) in world with plenty of room.
The site details Medley's marriage to his high-school sweetheart, Katie, who's said to be a veterinary-school student; their move to Aurora; his job history (Walmart, then Target, then Walmart again) and dreams of stand-up comedy glory; and Katie's unexpected pregnancy with a boy who they decided early on to name Hugo.
A photo from the Support Caleb Facebook page.
Then, the tale takes a grim turn with this account of their attendance at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises:
They were having the normal opening night movie experience. They stood anxiously in line, spent too much on popcorn and soda, suffered through the movie trailers and watched the beginning of the movie. That is when evil struck. Evil came to them through a man that opened fire in that theater. Many people were killed, even more were injured. Katie and Baby Hugo made it uninjured, but Caleb was struck in the face by the gun fire. Now Caleb is in the hospital. He has lost his right eye, has some brain damage and doctors have put him in a medically induced coma.
As reported by the Denver Post, Caleb's father-in-law, David Sanchez, turned up at James Holmes's first court appearance yesterday. According to him, Katie was to have been induced that same day -- and while there's been no update on the Facebook page yet, we hope Hugo is here and in perfect health.
In the meantime, the family has set up a WePay site for donations to offset Medley's sure-to-be-mammoth medical bills, not to mention the rehabilitation he'll no doubt need. Thus far, the campaign has raised more than $59,000.
Look below to see a video of Medley on stage, and click here to check out a 2010 podcast of him cracking wise during a happier time.
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