Emotions still raw one month after Aurora theater tragedy

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AURORA, Colo. -- Monday will mark one month after a gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater killing twelve and leaving dozens injured.

The attack, which happened shortly after midnight July 20, sent shockwaves throughout Colorado and the country about safety in a place where many go to escape life's daily problems.

“While it's raw for the community, it's even more raw for the families of the victims," said Mayor Steve Hogan of Aurora during an interview with FOX31 Denver on Thursday.

A month after the shooting, organizers with the Aurora Victims Relief Fund reported raising more than $4 million to help families and survivors of the movie theater massacre.

In August, fund officials announced plans to distribute more than $300,000 to help cover medical expenses and other costs.

"Knowing tomorrow is four weeks, it's even more emotional, but it’s also part of the healing process that this community has to go through," added Hogan on Thursday.

Officials have not announced what could happen to the makeshift memorial outside the theater that's become a constant place of sorrow and grief since the attack. A week after the shooting Aurora Police confirmed the Century 16 facility had been turned back over to its corporate owners.

So far there's been no confirmation if the theater will be torn down or reopened.