- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - A memorial to honor the victims of the Aurora theater shooting will be built at the Aurora Municipal Center to remember the victims, as well as the people who survived and everyone else who was impacted.

The “Reflection Memorial Garden” will be at the Aurora Municipal Center, where the city is extending its current garden to add the memorial.

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack. Jury selection is scheduled to start Jan. 20.

A memorial committee is raising funds for benches, artwork, sculptures and pathways.

“It will definitely be the place to remember the victims as well as the people who survived and everyone else who was impacted,” said committee member Megan Sullivan, who lost her brother, Alex, in the shooting at the Century Aurora 16 theater.

The goal is to raise $400,000, Sullivan said.

A vacant lot near the theater served as a temporary memorial gathering place in the weeks following the theater shooting, but the city always had plans for some type of permanent memorial, the Denver Post reported Saturday (https://tinyurl.com/kqg2zf5).

City Councilwoman Barbara Cleland, co-chair of the memorial committee, said other locations were considered, but the committee felt the city site made the most sense.

Tina Marie Coon is also a committee member. Her son, Tanner, was in the theater at the time. He wasn’t injured, but he had trouble breathing in the days after the shooting because he has asthma.

Coon said she felt it was important to be involved in the healing process and to help the community recover from what happened.

“It impacted our whole family, and it’s impacted our whole community,” Coon said. “I felt like I wanted to do something positive. What happened wasn’t positive, but Aurora has pulled together.”

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com


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