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Victim's brother: Holmes won't destroy my family

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  • Rebecca Wingo, 32-year-old mother of two, killed July 20
  • Family says she was brave, faced shooter

On Tuesday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew was joined by family members of one the 12 victims killed during the horrific Century 16 shooting in Colorado July 20.

Rebecca Wingo was a 32-year-old mother of two. She was recruited by the U.S. Air Force as a Mandarin Chinese translator, which landed her a job in Aurora.

Her mother Shirley Wygal told HLN’s Dr. Drew of her heroics the night she faced her killer.

“She was really happy with her life and she was brave,” Wygal said. “She wasn’t cowardly in any way and when I learned the nature of her injuries and realized that she actually had taken a hit to the face -- I asked, ‘Did that mean she was facing him?’ The answer was, ‘Yes, she faced him.’ She didn’t turn and run and she didn’t try to get away.”

The accused shooter James Holmes was charged Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. His preliminary hearing is set for November 13.

Dr. Drew took note of the distress shown by Wingo’s brother Steven Hernandez during the interview, asking him how he has been able to cope with his emotions after the loss of his sister.

Hernadez responded, “I’ve got a lot on my plate right now, [but] to let him totally destroy my whole family through rage and anger issues -- I am not going to let that happen.”

A fund has been set up for Wingo’s two daughters. For more information on how to help, log onto www.auroraheroes.com

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