Ashley Moser survived the Aurora shooting that took the life of her 6-year-old daughter, and initially Ashley’s unborn child appeared to make it through unscathed despite the fact that Ashley had been shot in the stomach.
But tonight Ashley Moser’s family released a statement that the trauma from surgery caused Ashley to miscarry, the Associated Press reported. Jacki Kelley, a representative of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, declined to release further details and said the family would not speak to the media.
Ashley Moser’s daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, was the youngest person killed in the attack during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. Ashley Moser suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen.
After the shooting last week family members had held onto hope for the unborn child, saying it gave them something to grasp onto after Ashley Moser lost so much. Even before the shooting, she and her family struggled through a difficult year. She had just lost her father after a 10-month battle with leukemia, a fight that left the tight-knit family emotionally and financially devastated.
Ashley Moser herself was crushed at learning of her daughter’s death. Her mother joined doctors and a hospital chaplain to tell her in the days after the shooting, with Ashley reportedly responding, “I want to die.”
Ashley Moser likely faces a tough road ahead. She was unemployed and living off a student loan for a nursing program she had been attending. Family members said they don’t know how she will be able to deal with the stress of medical bills and planning her daughter’s funeral.
Ashley Moser could have some help, though. An online fundraiser has been started in her name, and after briefly closing a new fundraiser re-opened along with separate fundraisers on a local level. Several hospitals have also vowed to wipe out medical bills for victims of the shooting.
James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspected in the shootings, is set to be formally charged with several accounts of first-degree murder when he appears in court on Monday, Reuters reported. There is no word yet if Ashley Moser’s unborn child will be counted among the victims.