Aurora, Columbine communities come together for healing

By: Boris Sanchez, FOX31 Denver

A group of survivors of the Columbine High School shooting are teaming up to help survivors of the Aurora theater tragedy by setting up local meetings to offer support and counseling.

“We want them to know that they’re not alone and we want to be a listening ear for them, because we’ve been through it,” said Heather Egeland, a Columbine survivor and one of the founders of The Rebels Project.

The group has hosted two meetings, hosting survivors of the shooting, and sharing their different experiences.

“One of the biggest things that we’ve discovered is that when Columbine happened, we were just kind of all together and we had a family,” said Jennifer Hammer. “But these guys didn’t have one, they were just basically strangers — So we want to reach out and be their family.”

“Its something none of these people should’ve gone through,” said Andrea Whitt, whose two daughters were both at the Century Theater during the shooting.

“They are just having a little trouble adjusting and I thought it would be nice for them to talk to someone who went through something similar at the same age,” said Whitt. “It’s helped me as well, I’ve been able to ask them what I should do to help my daughters and what I shouldn’t do.”

The next meeting, which is also open to the public, is October 24th.