Victims of theater shooting remembered

12:24 AM, Jul 23, 2012   |    comments
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AURORA, Colo. -- The community of Aurora, Colo., still reeling from Friday's movie theater shooting, has sought comfort and solace at an evening vigil.

The service featured prayers led by clergy and hymns.

The mayor of Aurora, Steve Hogan, declared that "while our hearts are broken, our community is not." The mayor said, "We will take this experience and use it to strengthen our commitment to each other."

The governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, told the crowd, "We refuse to even allow our state, our communities to be defined by irrational, senseless violence." Hickenlooper drew a strong ovation when he made it a point of saying he would not refer to shooting suspect James Holmes by name, only as "Suspect A."

The governor read aloud the names of the 12 people who were killed in Friday's rampage. After each name, the audience chanted, "We will remember."

The service concluded with a rendition of "Amazing Grace."

(Associated Press)

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