Prayer Vigils


By Marla Keown and Gabriel Christus
Batman Movie Massacre

Century 16 theater fills the background at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20, near East Exposition Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre

Community members break much needed smiles at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20 near the Century 16 theater in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre

A candle lights at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20, near East Exposition Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre

Two members of the clergy hold hands at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20, near East Exposition Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre

A Community member brings a bible to a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20 near the Century 16 theater in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre

A mourner weeps at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20, near East Exposition Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre
Batman Movie Massacre

Boxes of tissue are available at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20 near the Century 16 theater in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre

Mourners embrace at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20, near East Exposition Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Batman Movie Massacre

A mourner calls to the heavens at a prayer vigil Friday evening, July 20, near East Exposition Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora. A gunman wearing a gas mask and body armor opened fire in a crowded Aurora movie theater with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie early Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 more. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Justin Van Driver Clawson (left) and Heather Lebedoff (right) support the victims of the massacre Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Community members show their support for the massacre victims Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

A supporter of the victims proudly dons an orange ribbon, Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Community members show their support for the massacre victims Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado-People line the west lawn to keep out members of the Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- Candles are lit during the while the crowd sings Amazing Grace on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- people wave American flags on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- George Armstrong raises his hand in prayer on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- Tonia Harper rests her head on Gregory McDonald on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- Christenza Lager clasps her hands in prayer on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado-Julie Taylor, left, and Teresa Picht raise their hands in prayer on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado-People line the west lawn to keep out members of the Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- Lilly Becker, 12, writes Bible verses on a cardboard heart on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- Hunter Furrow recently got a memorial tattoo on his leg on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- People hold hands during a prayer circle at the end of the prayer vigil on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

Prayer Vigil

072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado-Friends of Micayla Medek hug each other during the prayer vigil on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado-Friends of Micayla Medek hug each other during the prayer vigil on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado-Lori Underwood pins a ribbon on her daughter Haley on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado-Arthur Blessitt, left and Gregory McDonald hold up a cross on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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072212-PrayerVigil-Aurora, Colorado- Tonia Harper hugs a friend on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at the Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus

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Friends and family members of the massacre victims release balloons at a prayer vigil Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Community members watch balloons fly in the sky Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

A community member places flowers at a prayer vigil Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Sailors with the Navy Operations Command offer their support for the massacre victims Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Master Chief Steven Giordano (left) offers flowers to show his support for the massacre victims Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Sailors with the Navy Operations Command salute a memorial for the massacre victims Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

A community member places flowers to honor the massacre victims at a prayer vigil Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

A community member lights a candle in honor of the massacre victims at a prayer vigil Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan prays Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Community members console each other at a prayer vigil Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Friends and family members of the massacre victims mourn at a prayer vigil Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Prayer Vigil

Community members offer flowers at a memorial for the massacre victims Sunday evening, July 22 at the Aurora Municipal Center. The community of Aurora came together for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the massacre. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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