Nearly three years have passed since James Holmes, wearing body armor, opened fire in a deadly attack at a packed Colorado movie theater, and survivors and relatives of the 12 moviegoers who died are still trying to make sense of the shooting.
With opening statements scheduled Monday in the Colorado theater shooting trial, mental health counselors are bracing to help those coping with anxiety, flashbacks and other responses to reliving the Aurora theater shootings.
It is not a small club, the survivors of the shootings at Theater 9.
For James Holmes, “justice is death,” prosecutors said Monday in announcing they will seek his execution if he is convicted in the Colorado movie theater attack that killed 12 people.
Prosecutors said Thursday they are not ready to accept an offer from Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.
Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.
One survivor had to pause on his way into the theater and pray. Another braced for flashbacks as he entered the auditorium where 12 people died and dozens were injured during a massacre six months earlier. Others refused to come, viewing the reopening of the multiplex as insensitive.
The Colorado theater where 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting rampage last year reopened Thursday with a somber remembrance ceremony and a screening of the latest “Hobbit” film for survivors — but the pain was too much, the idea too horrific, for many Aurora victims to attend.
For the first time since the deadly shooting on July 20, the Century 16 Theater opened to victims and their families on Tuesday. The official reopening is Thursday.
A man injured in the Aurora movie shooting over the summer was greeted back at work this week with streamers and some jokes from co-workers.