Theater tragedy memorials taken down by victims’ families, city of Aurora

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Aurora theater tragedy memorial, near Century 16 theater (David Harpe)

Aurora theater tragedy memorial, near Century 16 theater (David Harpe)

Aurora theater tragedy memorial, near Century 16 theater (David Harpe)

The temporary Aurora theater tragedy memorial, which stood near Century 16 theater in Aurora until the city took it down on Sept. 19, 2012. (David Harpe)

AURORA, Colo. — Based on a recommendation by families of the 12 who lost their lives in a shooting at an Aurora movie theater on July 20, the city of Aurora collected the temporary items from memorials that honored the lives of the the victims for two months.

With the help of the affected families, city officials took down the temporary memorials at Sable and Centerpoint streets and the Aurora Municipal Center fountain Wednesday night.

“On behalf of the Aurora community, many thanks to all those who visited the temporary memorial and left flowers, toys, words of comfort and other items reflecting sympathy and love,” Aurora Public Relations Manager Lori MacKenzie wrote in a press release.

Part of the memorial will live on virtually at these links:

The city will continue to provide access to the items at a secured location, provided by what the city called a “community partner.” The white crosses that stood at the memorial across from the theater will be delivered to the families or stored by the city, depending on the family’s preference.

The Aurora History Museum will handle the archival of items not collected by families. The public will still be able to view a display of condolences and banners not taken by family members at the Aurora Municipal Center, which is located at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.

The memorials were visited by hundreds of thousands who came to pay their respects, including actor Christian Bale, who played Batman in the film “The Dark Knight Rises.”