Theater shooting stopped road trip to K-State for former student, friend

Allie Young, Stephanie Davies praised by president

AURORA, Colo. - Last week's shooting inside a Colorado movie theater canceled a trip to Kansas State University for a former student there and her friend.

Allie Young attended Kansas State, in Manhattan, before returning home to Colorado in January, the Los Angeles Times reported .

She plans to return to Kansas State in the fall, according to the Kansas State Collegian , the student newspaper at K-State.

Allie and her friend, Stephanie Davies, were at the midnight premier of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Friday, July 20, at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., when a gunman threw some gas canisters in the crowd and opened fire.

"We actually wanted to go to the movie because we were planning on going back to Manhattan the next morning and didn't want to be up all night drinking," Allie told the Collegian. "So we thought a movie would be nice and calm."

Allie, 19, instinctively stood to act and warn others. A shot ripped into her neck. She collapsed, blood spurting from the wound, President Barack Obama said in an address to the nation Sunday after visiting with both in the hospital earlier that day.

Stephanie, 21, pulled her into an aisle, put pressure on her wound and dialed 911.

Obama praised Allie and Stephanie for her heroic actions.

"I don't know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did, or the courage that Allie showed," the president said. "They represent what's best in us, and they assure us that out of this darkness, a brighter day is going to come."

James Holmes, 24, of Aurora, is accused in the shooting that killed 12 people and injured several dozen others. He made his first court appearance on Monday, July 23, and is expected to face formal charges on Monday, July 30.

CNN Contributed to this Report

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