The first funeral for the oldest victim of the Colorado Massacre was held today in Denver. Gordon Cowden, only 51, went to the movie with two of his four children, who were unharmed.
Mr. Cowden was born in Waco, Texas and lived in Austin until a few years ago. He lived in Aurora with his wife and children where he owned a real estate appraisal business.
Cowden’s father, George Malcolm Cowden, is an Austin attorney and former state lawmaker.
Gordon Cowden’s service was at the Pathways Church in Denver.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I was with the girls for a brief moment that horrible night trying to make sure they were able to reach someone. I wish I would have been able to stay with them longer. No words can comfort you now but know that I’m with you in prayer and your family will forever carry a piece of my heart. Much Love
When the murderer opened fire, the last thing she remembered hearing was her dad’s voice shouting to them in the chaos, “I love you! I love you both!”
“A quick-witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle,” his family said in a statement.
The family statement described Cowden as a “true Texas gentleman.”
Cowden was survived by four children: Kristian, 21, a student at Colorado State University, Weston, 20, who attends the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and high school students Brooke, 17, and Cierra, 16.