Aurora shooting families invited back to theater, families boycotting event

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Families of the victims from the tragic Aurora, CO Dark Knight Rises shootings are boycotting an invitation for a “Day of Remembrance.”

“None of us received a letter of condolence or any other communication from Cinemark, but now they want us to step foot in that theater," Sandy Phillips, mother of Jessica Ghawi, told the Denver Post.

Ghwai was one of 12 people killed when James Holmes opened fire on the awaiting midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. A total of 58 others were injured during the plotted massacre.

According to the Post, the Cinemark location has undergone renovations after a poll concluded that a majority of residents wanted to see the movie theater reopen. The invitation will allow the victim’s families to visit between Jan.15 and 16 before the official reopening.

In the letter, Phillips, along with 11 others whose relatives were lost in the shootings, wrote to the Cinemark thanking them "for reminding us how your quest for profits has blinded your leadership and made you so callous as to be oblivious to our mental anguish."

Phillips also told the Post, “It's like people going back to a slaughterhouse, as far as I am concerned.”

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