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A year after movie shooting, Colo. seeks healing

July 21, 2013 • National News


Aurora shooting survivor, and now newlywed, Kirstin Han hugs her new mother-in-law Rosa Han, shortly after Kirstin and her husband Eugene Han exchanged vows, during their wedding ceremony at Village East Baptist Church, in Aurora, Colo. Saturday July 20, 2013. One year to the day since Eugene was shot while trying to protect his longtime girlfriend Kirstin – then Kirstin Davis – from harm during a shooting rampage in an Aurora theater, the two have become man and wife. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Some recited the names of the dead. Some did good deeds for their neighbors. Some practiced yoga, walked through nature, or simply talked. And two got married.

Coloradans embraced ways to heal Saturday as they marked the anniversary of the Aurora movie theater massacre with a city-sponsored “Day of Remembrance.”

It was one year ago that a gunman opened fire into a packed midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” The rampage lasted less than two minutes but left deep wounds that still ache in Aurora, Colorado’s third-largest city which spreads out across the rolling plains on Denver’s eastern side.

Twelve people died, including a 6-year-old girl. Seventy were hurt, some of them paralyzed. Countless others inside the theater and out bear the invisible wounds of emotional trauma.

Parents, siblings and survivors of those slain attended a morning ceremony of prayer, song and remembrance outside Aurora’s city hall.

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