By Sam Levin, Denver Westword
Three days after Jeremiah and Lindsay Wheelersburg escaped the Century 16 shootings in Aurora unharmed, the couple got some unexpected news: They are having their first child.
For the pair from Aurora, Colo., it’s strange and wonderful news that gives them new perspective on one of their most traumatic experiences.
“The Lord brings beauty from ashes,” says Lindsay, 26. “Even in the midst of tragedy and so much lost life, the very next day, the Lord created life as well. It’s kind of been helpful for me to cope with it. I’ve been playing the scene that night over and over in mind. I’ve got this to replace all that.”
The couple, who met at Calvary Chapel Aurora and now lives in South Lake Tahoe, got one of the final tickets for the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” late Thursday night last week. They were part of a group of more than thirty church members who bought tickets to the screening and ended up in theater eight, next door to theater nine, where accused gunman James Holmes eventually fired shots that killed 12 individuals and injured dozens more.
We spoke to Jeremiah, 25, on Friday outside of Gateway High School, where he and his brother Joel, a youth pastor in Aurora, had come the following morning to offer support to some of the survivors and witnesses recovering from the tragedy. At the time, Jeremiah told us that one of the scariest parts of the whole experience was the image of his wife panicking.