Aurora Community Mourns Movie Theater Shooting Victims
AURORA, Colo. (CBS) — The grief-stricken community of Aurora, Colo., is trying to heal together after Friday’s mass shooting at a movie theater during a late-night screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The community came together Sunday for a vigil to remember the victims of the shooting.
“Our city will be stronger and greater because of our adversity,” said John Gay, of the Key Community Response Team.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama met privately with grieving families. He spoke to the media afterward.
“It was an opportunity for families to describe how wonderful their brother or their son or daughter was,” the President said.
And Sunday service at Colorado Community Church focused on the massacre, including prayers for the suspected gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes.
“James Holmes has a mother and a father and they are carrying a very big burden, so we forgive him too,” added Joseph Kambutu, a churchgoer.
Just across the street from the crime scene, mourners wrote message on 12 crosses – one for each of the victims killed.
Police have finished collecting evidence from Holmes’ apartment.
They want to know where he got the materials allegedly used in the shootings and in his home, and are looking at dozens of deliveries over a four month period.
“We’re building a case to show that this was a deliberative process by a very intelligent man who wanted to do this,” said Chief Dan Oates, of the Aurora Police Department.
Holmes is in solitary confinement. He has his first court appearance Monday morning where a judge is expected to tell him that he is under investigation for 12 murders.
Some of the survivors are in critical condition, and more are expected to have lasting injuries.