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In this Sept. 12, 2015 photo, Colorado fullback Jordan Murphy, front left, carries a Colorado state flag as he runs on to the field with teammates before the start of an NCAA college football game against Massachusetts, in Boulder, Colo. On July 20, 2012, Murphy was present at the showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," when James Holmes opened fire, murdering 12 people and wounding 70. Murphy escaped by crawling on the floor before dashing toward the exit, a bullet flying by his head and lodging in the drywall. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

“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.”

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Colorado theater shooter James Holmes appears in court, with his attorney Daniel King, to be formally sentenced, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Centennial, Colo.  Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Carlos Samour Jr.  Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others in the July 20, 2012 ambush.  (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

“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.”

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Care Teeves, whose son Alex was killed in the Aurora Theatre Shooting hugs, District Attorney George Brauchler at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on Aug. 7, 2015 in Centennial, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel)

Today, just three men — Nathan Dunlap, Robert Ray and Sir Mario Owens — are on Colorado’s death row. And all of three of those men committed their crimes in Aurora and were prosecuted and eventually sentenced to die in Arapahoe County court, making Colorado’s third-largest city the epicenter of any debate over the death penalty.

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