AURORA, Colo. – Monday was a day to honor those who lost their lives or whose lives were forever changed to mark the three-year anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting.
A prayer vigil was held near the scene of the shooting Monday evening. That happened at the municipal center. It closed a full day of remembrance about what happened inside the Century 16 theaters at the premiere of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, 2012.
It started earlier in the day at the Aurora Xeriscape Garden on the east side of City Hall. There was a memorial at the place at Alameda and Sable where a large memorial grew immediately after the massacre.
On Sunday night, a cross for each was set up as a way to remember the victims. The crosses were placed at the corner of South Sable Boulevard and East Alameda Avenue and have the name and photo of each victim. There is also a teddy bear next to each of the crosses.
On Sunday, plenty of people were standing together at Four-Mile Historic Park and the annual “Night to Remember” benefitting the Alex C. Teves Foundation on Sunday. Money raised funds for scholarships for special needs students.
Teves is one of the 12 who lost their lives when the gunman slipped into Theater 9 of the Century Aurora 16 movie theater during a midnight showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire. Another 70 were injured.
The shooter was found guilty of 165 charges, including 24 counts of first-degree murder, on Thursday. The penalty phase begins Wednesday.