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Tearful widow recalls theater shooting victim

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Oulson's bandage was still visible. Oulson's bandage was still visible.
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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The widow of the man killed in last week's movie theater shooting says her world was "shattered into a million pieces" by the loss of her husband and father of her young daughter.

Flanked by her attorneys, Nicole Oulson spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, making a brief statement but declining to take any questions.

Back on January 13, Oulson was inside the Wesley Chapel theater when Curtis Reeves, 71, allegedly gunned down her husband, Chad, during a dispute about texting. It happened at the Cobb CineBistro at Grove 16.

"My husband and I didn't get a date night very often, much less a whole day to spend together. So I was just so excited and looking forward to spending the day with the love of my life at a place of entertainment," Nicole recalled.

Nicole's own hand was still bandaged Wednesday. Investigators say she was wounded by the same bullet that killed her husband.

Apparently Reeves had been upset over Chad's texting during the previews before the movie 'Lone Survivor.' When Chad allegedly threw a bag of popcorn at him, Reeves -- a retired Tampa police officer shot him in the chest, claiming he was in fear.

Reeves' attorneys are claiming it was self-defense because their client said he did not know what object was thrown at him.

But Oulson's lawyers explained they don't think Reeves should have an opportunity to get out of jail while he waits for a potential trial on his second-degree murder charges.

"Everyone with a cell phone is at risk," T.J. Grimaldi stated. "I mean, you never know when this guy is going to go off again, and everyone has a cell phone, so I think that should be the judge's main concern here."

Friends of the family claimed that Chad was texting a babysitter to check up on their 22-month-old daughter. Nicole said Alexis remains her main focus, even as she struggles with shock herself.

"Just to think that, in the blink of an eye, my whole world got shattered into a million pieces," she sobbed. "And now I'm left trying to pick them up and put them all back together. It's so hard and so unbearable."

Nicole's attorneys said a fund had been established for the family. You can learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/ChadOulsonFamilyFund

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