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Weekend in review: Crystal Lake sailor killed in Colorado

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  • John Larimer, killed in the Aurora, Colo., shootings, was a Crystal Lake South High School graduate with a good sense of right and wrong, friends and family say.

      John Larimer, killed in the Aurora, Colo., shootings, was a Crystal Lake South High School graduate with a good sense of right and wrong, friends and family say.
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Crystal Lake sailor killed in Colorado massacre

As family members traveled to Denver this weekend to claim the body of Crystal Lake South High School graduate John Larimer, the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting victim's former teachers and neighbors mourned a young man known for his unassuming nature and his strong sense of social justice. "He was a unique individual with a really strong idea of right and wrong," said Ben Stoner, Crystal Lake South High School English teacher and theater director. Full story.

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Cary native carried injured teen from Colorado theater

Cary native and Lake Bluff resident Steve Ostergaard was watching the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., when about a half-hour into the movie, smoke and gunfire erupted on the screen. It was the movie's first violent action. But it soon became all too real for Ostergaard and others in the crowded movie theater. Full story.

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