"Our house was always just rocking"
"We were very close. Alex was 6 years older than his brother, so we had a lot of time together. He was pretty much an only child for the first 6 years"
Caren says she was a stay-home mom and her husband worked 3 jobs to support them
On July 19, Caren says she was with Tommy and Nick in Hawaii for vacation
She texted with Alex on the 19th. He asked for a graduation gift, sent her a photo of a dining room set and she thought it was odd, but realized Alex had moved into his own apartment
Alex said he'd had trouble getting tickets, so she didn't know he was going that night to the movie
Her husband answered the phone around 4 am
"something sounded really off and so I got up and walked out, he had the phone to his ear ....but all the blood had drained from his face"
"She said there was a shooting, there was a shooting and I couldn't wake Alex up. I tried to take him with me, but I was pulled out of the theater"
Tom asked if she had blood on her. "She said, 'yeah, lots'"
"I remember panicking really bad and getting on my phone to call the police"
Her sister happened to be in Denver, a nurse, she started visiting hospitals
"It was hours and hours and hours. Torturous hours. Phone calls and we kind of figures something was really bad because Alex would have dragged himself out of that theater. He would have dragged himself out."
"It took 15 hours before we found out that he was indeed murdered"
Caren says she had flashbacks the last time she returned to her property in Hawaii
They abandoned their dream of retiring there.
Teves had between 1200-1500 people at funeral service
Caren says Amanda has PTSD, had to quit her job, move out of the apartment she shared with Alex
"She could not experience life in the way she had before. Loud noises, being in the public, all those things that come with ptsd"