Colorado victims identified, including a sailor and 6-year-old girl

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Police break the window of the apartment of of James Holmes, the suspect of a shooting in a movie theater July 20, 2012 in Aurora, outside of Denver, Colorado.

Relatives have identified a U.S. Navy sailor as one of the victims killed by a gunman at a Colorado screening of the new Batman movie.

The parents of John Larimer released a statement that Navy officials notified them about midnight that their 27-year-old son was one of the 12 killed in the shootings at the Aurora movie theater.

The family says that Larimer's brother Noel is working with the Navy to bring his body back home to Crystal Lake, Ill.

The Navy says another sailor was treated and released for injuries sustained at the theater. Both were from a unit that belongs to U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet at Buckley Air Force.

Larimer is the sixth victim identified by family members so far. Other victims include a man celebrating his 27th birthday, and a six-year-old girl. A memorial Mass was held at the Queen of Peace Roman Catholic church in Aurora, and a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers has sprung up near the theater.

Meanwhile, police and firefighters are still trying to enter the booby trapped apartment of the suspect, setting off at least one small detonation in the process.

Authorities say tripwires, ammunition and jars of accelerant are scattered in James Holmes' Aurora apartment.

Local agencies elicited the help of bomb experts in coming up with a plan to enter the apartment while keeping people safe and preserving evidence inside.

Officials positioned vehicles and personnel around the apartment building.

Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson told reporters Saturday morning that the first goal is to make the area safe, then remove items from the apartment that could explode.

That includes about 30 shells that will be placed in sand trucks and taken to a disposal site.

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