Victims of theater shooting remembered in evening vigil

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Associated Press

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 22 at 11:30 PM

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The community of Aurora, Colo., still reeling from Friday's movie theater, 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."

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APPHOTO COAB136: A crowd nearly fills the lawn in front of the Aurora Municipal Center, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (22 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO COAB141: Dylan Bowen, 13, right, holds onto his mother Lorri Hastings, as they pray, Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (22 Jul 2012)

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