Penfield, N.Y.— "Someone tell me where my son is?" said Alex Sullivan's father Tom Sullivan.
In Colorado, a father's plea to find his son.
27-year-old Alex Sullivan had gone to the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" to celebrate his 27th birthday.
His last post on Facebook reads:
“#TheDarkKnightRises OMG COUNTING down till it start cant wait going to be the best birthday ever.”
Not long after the movie started, a gunman opened fire inside the theater.
All day, Tom Sullivan spoke to national and local Denver media outlets looking for his son and hoping that he was at a hospital.
In Penfield, the Sullivan's relatives waited for any sign of news."We just hoped for a miracle, prayed together, tried to stay positive," Alex's uncle Bob Schwab said.
Just before 11:00 p.m. on Friday, the family got the news that Alex was among those fatally wounded. "We lost a great one," Schwab said.
According to Alex's Facebook page, Alex and his wife married a year ago this week. He died just two days before their one-year anniversary. "He made everyone happy, everybody made him happy," Schwab said. "He never had a cross or bad word for anybody, even if they offended him, he wouldn't acknowledge it."
In the spirit of the young man they lost, a family tries to heal and someday forgive.
"This issue tests your faith," Schwab said. "It's going to take a lot of thought, a lot of prayer and a lot of work, individual work on all of our parts."
According to Schwab, Sullivan’s father, Tom, and mother, Kerry, were both born and raised in the Rochester area.
They moved to Colorado before Alex was born.
The Sullivan family has about a two dozen aunts, uncles and cousins living in the Rochester area.