The memorial foundation for victims of the Aurora theater shooting received an unexpected $115,000 donation from Aurora’s Colorado Community Church last month, a sum that catapulted the project past its $200,000 goal
More than half the victims who responded —54 percent — said having the trial televised was helpful or somewhat helpful. One positive response said having the trial aired was good because it helped shine a light on what happened that night.
“Usually there’s a criminal record or something that leads to a murder,” Brady said. “But there was no violence of any kind. And then he fell off a cliff. Imagine being the person who caused all that pain because of your illness.”
“This is probably just the beginning of the merchandising and marketing of him from the murderibilia industry’s perspective,” Kahan said.
The event next week at Two22 will include food trucks, beer, face painting and a photo booth. The silent auction runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. And it seems like an ideal fit for a brewery that already donates $2.22 from every $10 of proceeds to Colorado charities.
Chester’s owner, Kateri Nelson, says the dog developed the pain five days after sentencing in the case.
“It’s crazy that the two of us are playing in the same game after (going through) that,” Murphy said. “You’ll never be at peace with it. I don’t have any flashbacks. I’ll have an occasional nightmare, but it’s very, very rare. I’ve put it behind me.”
“Two separate girls: one taken from us and one who wants to give to us,” Brauchler said, who said events such as the lemonade stand give him hope that Aurora be defined by positive events such as the one on Saturday. “I’m impressed by that and I am moved by that.”
“There’s no reliable way we can identify those few who will pick up a gun and start shooting people from the vast number who might seem odd or unusual or even scary,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminologist who has studied and written about mass killings. “You can’t predict it. Did they do everything they could have? That’s another question.”