AURORA’S TRAGEDY: After the massacre

A long look at Aurora after the Friday theater shootings at Century 16

BY STAFF AND WIRE PHOTOGRAPHERS
Steve Hogan, Greg Zanis

Aurora, Colo. Mayor Steve Hogan, right, says a prayer with Greg Zanis, from Aurora, Ill., as Zanis places crosses for the shooting victims across the street from the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo. on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. In 1999, Zanis placed 15 crosses near Columbine High School to commemorate the victims. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Cheryl Almendarez, Dallas Burke

Cheryl Almendarez, right, grieves with Dallas Burke, 6, both from Aurora, Colo. next to crosses set up by Greg Zanis for the 12 victims across the street from the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo. on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. In 1999, Zanis placed 15 crosses near Columbine High School to commemorate the victims. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

APTOPIX Colorado Shooting

People hold hands as they pray during a vigil, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Colorado Shooting

Three helicopters make a flyover of the Century Theater on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozenswere injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

APTOPIX Colorado Shooting

From left, Tylecia Amos, 14, Shatyra Amos, 15, Michael Walker, 17, and Mykia Walker, 16, carry flowers to lay at a makeshift memorial across the street from the Century Theater parking lot, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Colorado Shooting

Candles, flowers, and a Batman figure are shown at a memorial, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

APTOPIX Colorado Shooting Apartment

Members of law enforcement wearing body armor and helmets prepare to what ATF sources describe as a"water shot" in the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora , Colo. The "water shot" is exploded and used to disrupt the device. Authorities reported that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at a movie theatre midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Colorado Shooting

Balloons are released Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a vigil at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., for AJ Boik, who was a student at the school and who was killed along with 11 others when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Colorado Shooting

Two people hug Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a vigil at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., for AJ Boik, who was a student at the school and who was killed along with 11 others when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Colorado Shooting

Two people attending a vigil for movie theater shooting victim AJ Boik hold candles Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Colorado Shooting Apartment

Evidence is removed by investigators from the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes, Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Authorities reported that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at a movie theatre midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Colorado Shooting Apartment

Investigators remove computer equipment as evidence from the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes, Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Authorities reported that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at a movie theatre midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Colorado Shooting Vigil

People place hands on a large wooden cross as they pray late Saturday, July 21, 2012, across the street from the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Serenity Brydon

Serenity Brydon, 7, places a rosary around a bear at a memorial near the the Century 16 movie theater Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

APTOPIX Colorado Shooting

The sun rises between flags placed at a memorial near the the Century 16 movie theater Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Greg Zanis

Greg Zanis, from Aurora, Ill., places crosses commemorating the victims across the street from the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo. on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. In 1999, Zanis placed 15 crosses near Columbine High School to commemorate the victims. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • J. Ely , Parrish, Florida

    Heaven Father, We pray for all of those we have lost, loved, and whom God has called home. We ask for your merciful comfort to the families whom have lost, and for those who seek understanding for this tragedy. God, we do not understand how this happens, why, and how we will get through, but with your love we will overcome. We will overcome as individuals, families, as a community, and as a nation; we will not forget!

     Lord, we pray that you will renew as persons and as a nation, putting you first oh heavenly Father. Thank you Lord for bringing us comfort, faith and understanding, we up to you! Amen

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