AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Six years after a gunman opened fire in a crowded Aurora theater, a memorial stands to ensure that no one ever forgets the victims.

Twelve people died on July 20, 2012, when a gunman opened fire during the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” A total of 70 others were injured and countless lives were changed.

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On Friday, the community gathered to reflect and pay tribute to the shooting victims at the new memorial near the Aurora Municipal Building.

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The monument is titled “Ascentiate” by sculptor Douwe Blumberg and was inspired by the “1,000 Cranes for Aurora” that was sent to the city from a community in Missouri.

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Ascentiate has 83 cranes representing the victims and survivors of the shooting with the 13 translucent cranes in the center honoring those whose lives were taken.