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Updated Jul 19, 2013 - 7:47 am

Tom Teves: 1 year after son's death in Colo. shooting, 'it will never be fixed'

Alex Teves

PHOENIX -- One year after losing his son in the Colorado movie theater shooting, Tom Teves said that day remains the worst of his life.

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the mass shooting that killed Alex Teves and 11 others who were watching a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

"When you've lost your first-born son, you're never going to get better, it will never be fixed." Teves said. "Everything you see and do reminds you of it.

"I saw a guy with his young son yesterday and it made me smile and made me think of Alex. Then you fast forward to what happened and it brings me right back."

Teves' son, who graduated from Desert Vista High in southeast Phoenix and the University of Arizona, would have turned 25 last month. Teves said he can't help but think what was taken from his son.

"He will never get married. We're never going to have grandchildren at least with him."

In the year since their son's death, Teves and his wife Caren have been outspoken proponents of gun control. Teves refuses to say the name of the man responsible for the Aurora shooting, calling him a coward.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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