Aurora shooting victims' families outraged over theater inviting them back for grand reopening

By Gina DiFalco,

Families of the victims of the tragic shooting during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado this past July have been invited back to the Cinemark movie theater that it all took place in.

Those who lost family members five months ago during the shooting received the first communication from the theater in the form of an invitation from the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance asking to attend the Jan. 17 grand reopening of the theater.

"For most of us, we have not been able to set foot in a theater and may never be able to," Sandy Phillips, a mother of one of the victims told the Los Angeles Times. "It’s like they are trying to use us as PR, as if to say, 'See, they have forgiven us; you should too and come to our theater.' "

Some were so outraged by the invitation that a group of 15 family members of the victims sent a letter to Cinemark, calling their actions “disgusting.”

The letter reads, “During the holiday we didn’t think anyone or anything could make our grief worse but you, Cinemark, have managed to do just that by sending us an invitation two days after Christmas inviting us to attend the re-opening of your theater in Aurora where our loved ones were massacred,” ABC News reports.

12 people were killed and 58 were wounded when James Holmes opened fire in the Colorado theater this past summer.

“Our family members will never be on this earth with us again and a movie ticket and some token words from people who didn’t care enough to reach out to us, nor respond when we reached out to them to talk, is appalling,” the families continued in the letter.

Also, they “will be using every social media tool at our disposal to ask the other victims to ask their friends and family to honor us by boycotting the killing field of our children.”



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