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Theater shooting survivor remembers friend who died, helps at-risk teens

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Four weeks ago, Batman fans headed to theaters, eager to see the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.” What happened inside the Century Theatre in Aurora changed the lives of those who survived, and ended the lives of 12 others.

Marcus Weaver was in the theater that night with his friend, Rebecca Wingo.

He survived, she didn’t.

Weaver was shot in the arm and the bullets were finally removed last Thursday. Doctors wanted to wait until they worked their way out of the muscle and closer to the surface. 

Weaver says, “It’s just part of the healing, a little bit more closure and I did get to see the bullets. The police took them as evidence.“

One of the ways Weaver is coping is by focusing on a new nonprofit project called “Purple Door Coffee.”

It is designed to help at-risk teenagers.

Rebecca Wingo will be remembered as part of a memorial inside the coffee shop. 

Weaver tells us that non-profit work was a passion of hers, and now she will always be part of it.

Purple Door Coffee is scheduled to open in the fall.  If you are interested in finding out more about Purple Door Coffee or making a donation in Rebecca’s honor, click here: http://purpledoorcoffee.com/Rebecca_Wingo_Memorial.html

Story by Jene Nelson