Family of man killed in Colorado Walmart shooting speaks of painful loss

THORNTON, Colo. (KDVR) -- "Our lives won't be the same without him, he was amazing. He was a one in a million man," Carlene Moreno, Carlos Moreno's wife told FOX31 Friday.

Carlos Moreno, 66, was killed during Wednesday night's shooting at a Thornton Walmart.

In an exclusive interview with FOX31, Carlene Moreno sat on her couch, surrounded by her loving family as she described the pain of losing her husband of 43 years.

“It`s something that you would never in the world think would happen to your family.”

Carlene said in a moment, her life changed. “It`s a person`s worst nightmare. One minute you have them and next your world`s totally different, it`s changed, and you have to figure out how to go on, how you’re going to make ends meet.”

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In a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado that killed three people, one victim’s family is speaking out after their loving father was murdered.
In a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado that killed three people, one victim’s family is speaking out after their loving father was murdered.
In a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado that killed three people, one victim’s family is speaking out after their loving father was murdered.
In a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado that killed three people, one victim’s family is speaking out after their loving father was murdered.
In a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado that killed three people, one victim’s family is speaking out after their loving father was murdered.
In a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado that killed three people, one victim’s family is speaking out after their loving father was murdered.
In a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado that killed three people, one victim’s family is speaking out after their loving father was murdered.
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Carlos Moreno’s sister-in-law Alice Acosta tearfully told FOX31, “Our lives won't be the same without him. He was amazing he was a one in a million man.”

The family said Carlos was well known as a kind and loving man who welcomed everyone he met into his heart.

Alice went on to say his spirit is with them, keeping them all strong, “...knowing that he loved me the way I loved him. he`s bringing me through this too.”

Carlene emphasizes that everyone should take time each day to do one thing for their loved ones. “Love them, show them that you love them and tell them.”

Alice said the outing was innocent and routine before shots rang out. "We went to Walmart to get the rubber bands and then our lives changed forever."

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Edith Garcia of Nevada wipes her eyes at a makeshift memoral set up along the Las Vegas Strip on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The memorial made with candles, flowers and mementos is in response to last Sunday night's shooting when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Gloria Vitagliano of Nevada draws out the hashtag #VEGASSTRONG at a makeshift memoral set up along the Las Vegas Strip on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The memorial made with candles, flowers and mementos is in response to last Sunday night's shooting when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: A memorial for the victims of Sunday's shooting is seen along the Las Vegas Strip on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The makeshift memorial made with candles, flowers and mementos was created after a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Mourners attend a memorial on Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Avenue for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings. On October 1, 2017, lone gunman Stephan Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada opened fire on festival attendees leaving at least 59 dead and over 500 injured before killing himself. The investigation is ongoing. October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Mourners attend a memorial on Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Avenue for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings. On October 1, 2017, lone gunman Stephan Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada opened fire on festival attendees leaving at least 59 dead and over 500 injured before killing himself. The investigation is ongoing. October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Mourners attend a memorial on Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Avenue for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings. On October 1, 2017, lone gunman Stephan Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada opened fire on festival attendees leaving at least 59 dead and over 500 injured before killing himself. The investigation is ongoing. October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: A memorial on Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Avenue for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings. On October 1, 2017, lone gunman Stephan Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada opened fire on festival attendees leaving at least 59 dead and over 500 injured before killing himself. The investigation is ongoing. October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Signs and candles are displayed at a makeshift memorial set up across from the Las Vegas Village on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The spontaneous memorial located on the Las Vegas Strip was implemented in response to Sunday night's shooting on October 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Late Sunday night, a lone gunman killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 after he opened fire on a large crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: A memorial on Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Avenue for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shootings. On October 1, 2017, lone gunman Stephan Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada opened fire on festival attendees leaving at least 59 dead and over 500 injured before killing himself. The investigation is ongoing. October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
People comfort each other at a makeshift memorial outside the Route 91 music festival site in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 4, 2017, beside the Mandalay Hotel after a gunman fired from and killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire from the hotel on a country music festival . Police said the gunman, a 64-year-old local resident named as Stephen Paddock, had been killed after a SWAT team responded to reports of multiple gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a hotel-casino next to the concert venue. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 4: Flowers, cards and candles begin to fill the median Wednesday morning as a memorial for the victims of the mass shooting near the crime scene off Las Vegas Boulevard on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Moreno, his wife and daughter were shopping inside the Walmart when they got separated.

They tried to reach Moreno only to find out he was one of three people who didn't make it. Moreno died at the scene.

“He would give the shirt off his own back for anybody,” said Eddie Moreno, Carlos' nephew.

"Carlos was a good husband, father, grandfather, cousin, friend, man," Susie Lucero wrote on Facebook. "I am blessed to have had you in my life."

“His family was No. 1 in his life. He always put God first, his kids,” Eddie Moreno said.

Moreno was a structural trades technician at Auraria Higher Education Center.

“Carlos is going to be missed,” said Blaine Nickeson, chief of staff at Auraria who knew Moreno. “Basically, he was sort of a jack-of-all-trades.”

For 18 years, Moreno worked on campus. While he loved his job, he loved his family more.

On Wednesday just after 6 p.m., the Thornton Police Department said 47-year-old Scott Ostrem walked into the Walmart store at 9901 Grant St. and and “nonchalantly” began firing with a handgun.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Moreno's family. 

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