Wednesday, July 20, marks the ten-year anniversary of the Aurora Century 16 theater shooting. At “The Dark Knight Rises” midnight premiere in Aurora, a lone gunman entered the theater throwing tear gas into the crowd then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. The city of Aurora remembers the lives lost in this tragedy during the week.
Remembrance events in Aurora include:
- 10th Annual Midnight Vigil, Tuesday, July 19
- Starting at 11:30 p.m. at Aurora Municipal Center Garden, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
- A candlelight procession through the remembrance garden and a procession of first responders.
- Hero’s Journey 5K, Saturday, July 23
- Starting at 9 a.m.
- The race begins at the Aurora Metro Station across from the theater and ends at the Memorial. Reflection Garden.
- Reflection Ceremony and other events, Saturday, July 23
- Reflection Ceremony on the Aurora City Hall Great Lawn from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Food trucks, live music, beer garden, and community outreach and wellness booths on the Great Lawn from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- A spotlight on the power of healing through art.
- Beer will be served until 6:30 p.m.
- Music will end at 7 p.m.
- Chalk Art Festival at the Reflection Gardens (southeast of City Hall)
- 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Strauss Chamber Orchestra and Life/Art Dance at the Reflection Gardens
- 7:20 p.m.
- Poetry reading and visual art tributes.
The city of Aurora and Colorado remember the twelve lives lost that day:
- Jonathan Blunk, 26
- Alexander J. Boik, 18
- Jesse Childress, 29
- Gordon Cowden, 51
- Jessica Ghawi, 24
- John Larimer, 27
- Matt McQuinn, 27
- Micayla Medek, 23
- Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
- Alex Sullivan, 27
- Alexander C. Teves, 24
- Rebecca Wingo, 32
Colorado Ceasefire, which is working to end the gun violence happening in Colorado, is the organization that is promoting the ten-year anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting.