AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Dozens of people from across Colorado and the country gathered on Monday night for a vigil to honor those killed in the theater shooting three years ago.
They gathered outside the Potter’s House Church on the Denver-Aurora city line. They lit candles and listened to survivors recount their stories of healing.READ MORE: Second Body Found In Poudre Canyon After Devastating Flood & Mudslide
It was one of two memorial services to mark three years since the attack on July 20, 2012 that left 12 people dead and 70 others injured.
Heather Dearman spoke on behalf of the victims’ families. She is a cousin of Ashley Moser, one of those severely injured in the attack who lost her unborn baby and her 6-year-old daughter.
“The energy that I feel right now is the same strength and the same power that I felt three years ago, you opened your arms, embraced us and our families, all of the survivors,” said Dearman.READ MORE: Colorado Boy Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries After Falling From 2nd Floor Of Town Center Of Aurora
Survivor Stefan Moton also spoke at the vigil. He was paralyzed from the chest down.
“I just want to thank God for today, yesterday and tomorrow for the promise, it’s a blessing that you support us, show us all positive energy, and it keeps me positive and it gives us strength to be better each day,” said Moton.
Earlier on Monday, church leaders from Aurora gathered outside the Aurora Municipal Building. The City of Aurora is planning a permanent theater shooting memorial to remember the victims.MORE NEWS: New Wildfire Shuts Down Part Of I-70 Between Eagle & Gypsum
The gunman was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting. Testimony for the sentencing phase of the trial is expected to begin on Wednesday.