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JoeyDub1
JoeyDub1
10 years ago

an absolute tragedy. 

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago
Reply to  JoeyDub1

But out of such tragedy, the community will come together…stronger, more trusting in God and more loving to each other. Yes, it was a tragedy but I feel in my heart that these people will grieve and at some point, they will gain friendships and their hearts will grow with unimaginable love. I live in a community where we help each other and I believe the Aurora community is quite the same and I have every faith that tragedy will quickly turn to strength, forgiveness, prayer and remembering loved ones with smiles and laughter…even though tears will always shed, the heart will grow stronger through the power of prayer from people across the globe.

Karenatwork1
Karenatwork1
10 years ago

People across the globe sympathize but they are mostly appalled by the failure of U.S, authorities to implement gun controls to prevent such predictable slaughters.

Todd
Todd
10 years ago

A tragedy of epic proportions for which there is no logical reason.

Sandy Bell
Sandy Bell
10 years ago

My heart goes out to all affected by this horrible senseless attack. For the survivors it will be so difficult, and for those who have lost family and friends, just a immense hole – I am thinking of you all on the other side of the world in Australia.

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago
Reply to  Sandy Bell

I live very far from Aurora, CO but I cannot move forward in prayer without letting you know that prayers across the world are awesome. God is truly bringing us all together in a positive way. Thank you Sandy for praying for the people of Aurora, CO. 

Chuck071
Chuck071
10 years ago

such a senseless act,my prayers of healing for all !    chuck barker  florida  !

Andy Zmolek
10 years ago

Aurora is where I grew up. In 1999 I moved to Highlands Ranch but lived close enough to see Columbine from our backyard; I watched it unfold from a hotel room in London. But it’s the memories of another senseless shooting massacre in 1993 that still haunt many in my hometown. One of the victims killed in the Chuck. E. Cheese that night was the younger sister of a childhood friend, and I’m sure today has been difficult for them.

Like many of my friends from Aurora, I’m starting to feel numb tonight from all the coverage. We learned that the shooter’s family lives just a few miles from our current San Diego home. But the most surreal news to me was hearing the NYPD announce to the world they’re so worried about copycats that they’re going to hang out with Batman in movie theaters until further notice.

As I contemplate just how many lives have been entangled in this event, I fear that most of the lessons that really matter here will get hopelessly lost as special interests co-opt this tragedy without any regard to what truly happened, why it happened, and most importantly, what this community (and nation) will need to recover. If you want to help out, please don’t drag our tragedy into your cause; be constructive at a personal level: offer your friendship to those around you with opinions and beliefs that may differ from your own.

Bmw499
Bmw499
10 years ago

Despite the fact that we are hundreds of miles away from this tragedy, it still affects so many, in that so many innocent lives are hurt/or taken away by such a senseless act. Prayers are coming from all over the world for these families and even a town that is still in shock over this ordeal. And may God Bless each and everyone, and that you will find some way to be able to move on with your lives. When I watch it on tv and see everyone setting, standing and holding on to one another, it just makes me wish I could just give you all a great big hug. So from an old granny from Missouri, your in our hearts and prayers.

Annathule
10 years ago

I watched all yesterday, and I wrote this for us, and our community, but I’d like to share this with you good folks. I want your people to know, that we know who the real heroes are, not a buncha nosy news folks who couldn’t get the story straight if you paid them! From Hagerstown MD, for Aurora, CO.

Oh Dear God, It Could Have Been Us…

Tonight, I just want to say:

To all the Police, of all departments and ranks. Thank you for caring. Thank you for working off duty as crowd control, only to find yourselves saving lives and rescuing folks and rushing them to the hospital. As a parent, and as a human, I thank you with all my heart. For all the guff you get from the kids, when you’re walking the Mall, tell them, “it could have been us…”

To the Fire and Rescue/EMS personnel: Thank you, for staffing stations. For getting in and getting out w/in minutes. For all the Mass Casualty drills you run. For the sleepless hours you keep. For ALWAYS going above and beyond, volunteer or paid. For walking into scenes straight out of hell… And knowing full well, “that could have been us…”

To the 911/Emergency Call Center: You who must sort out what you’re hearing and knowing who to send where and knowing that it all needs to be done, like, yesterday. Thank you for keeping your compatriots calm and feeling in-control themselves, just by your voices. You, too, know “it could have been us…”

To the doctors and nurses that make up any fine hospital. We may grumble about longer lines than we feel like sitting in, and grumble at you for not fixing up what we don’t know is wrong ourselves. However, we know you are there when our children are bleeding and our neighbors have been shot and every medical personnel the hospital has turns out and works three days straight. But for you, “it could always be us…”

And to all the decent folks in Aurora, CO. who, once again, are flocking to help in any way they can, sending food, lending beds for their displaced neighbors, sending water, calling, writing letters, bucking up those in charge and making the townsfolk feel, in the middle of hell, that even tho it WASN’T us and it WAS them, they can hold their heads up and be proud of the hundred thousand stories of bravery and soul-to-soul protection and caring those folks in that theater showed to each other. They never get used to it…but they always bring out their best in hellish times. And dang it, “it always seems to be them!”

So, for the preachers and priests in Aurora tonight, who themselves, have to find the words to explain to folks who can’t comprehend what’s happened yet, WHY it was them, and WHY some were shot and some got away, and WHY God would keep letting such ugly things go on and on, I pray for you all, that “it will never will be anyone, ever again…”

And to the parents, hug your kids tight today, tell them you love them, that you know they have smarts and they’re good and that they always have you to turn to if they need anything. Remember, “it could have been us…”

You just never know when… :’(

Hagerstown sends their wishes and prayers out your way and we hope your community heals as soon as possible. Seems like you guys are getting to be old hands at this, more’s the pity. Praying God’s Grace, Christine A Hall

JustaDad
JustaDad
10 years ago

As the father of three young men in the age group that would comprise a typical midnight screening, I find this tragic turn tobe especially troubling.  My heart goes out to the victims and the families of those who have been lost.  America’s prayers are with you. 

I just saw an interview with one of the victims, Jarrel Brooks, who despite his injury is able to find forgiveness for the shooter.  He was shot while helping a young woman and her children escape.  Bravo, Jarrel Brooks!  While we have young people like you, America has hope for a bright future.

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago
Reply to  JustaDad

Yes, America’s prayers are certainly with the people of Aurora. Remember to keep them in your heart always and as we trust in God, know that brighter days may seem impossible at this time but God will see them through and bring them peace to move on and be strong, loving and God fearing people and feeling HIS love will comfort them always.

NIKI CHIAROSCURO
NIKI CHIAROSCURO
10 years ago

“A LIFE NOT IN VAIN” DO NOT REMEMBER ME A VICTIM, NOR MARK MY PASSING A TRAGEDY. FOR THEN YOU GIVE REKNOWN TO A MADMAN, WHO SOUGHT NOTARIETY & FAME IN THE SILENCING OF MY VOICE. NOR COMMEMORATE ANNUALLY WITH MONUMENTS OF STONE & FLASHBACKS OF HIS EVIL FACE. iNSTEAD, ETCH THE MOMENTS OF MY EXISTENCE IN THE ARCHIVES OF YOUR HEART. THOUGH MY YEARS MAY SEEM MERE WHISPERS OF TIME. MEMORIALIZE MY DAYS WITH GESTURES OF KINDNESS TOWARD ANOTHER, SO MY LEGACY WILL BE ACTS OF LEGACY . AND YOU WILL KNOW MY HAVING BEEN WAS NOT IN VAIN. MAY THE SPIRIT OF HUMANITY SOAR IN PEACE. bY NIKI CHIAROSCURO. TOTHE AURORA TWELVE – MAY YOU REST IN THE BOSOM OF TRANQUILITY.

Liz Rodriguez in Israel
Liz Rodriguez in Israel
10 years ago

To all the citizens of Aurora and to families across the US,  My deepest sympathy to all who lost family members or were injured in this terribly incident.  I  know how hard it is when the lives of people you know are torn apart like this.  Just know that people across the world see your heartbreak. 

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago

Yes Liz, it is my hope that this entire community can feel the power of prayer from our own nation as well as around the world. Please, never stop praying. GOD IS GREAT

Kayakermb
Kayakermb
10 years ago

I am a parent in Winnipeg,Manitoba Canada…I search for words to adequately express my grief for your loss and cannot find any that are sufficient. I pray that you will find the strength to go on, and that your memories of your loved ones will sustain you..

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago
Reply to  Kayakermb

Adequate words do not exist do they? Certainly your prayers will touch upon them through the Grace of GOD and in time, they will live the way God intended and remember their loved ones with smile and laughter. Your prayers are of more comfort than we can possibly imagine. GOD is the reason we can find forgiveness…and HE is the reason we have so much love in our hearts for these people. Keep the prayers going. We cannot connect personally with the families but through prayer, we can become connected in a more powerful way that we cannot begin to know. 

Thomas Rogers
Thomas Rogers
10 years ago

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Thomas Rogers, 626 S Del valle Ave, Tucson 85711;520 5719286, educator 
      
  

querelous
querelous
10 years ago

where is the list of victims, 56 injured 12 dead?  the NYT listed all 3000 with short bios after 911.
where are the pics of all the ambulances, the hospital shots? 
something is not right here.

ACole
ACole
10 years ago
Reply to  querelous

We’re posting them as quickly as we find them. Here: https://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/aurora-tragedy-massacre-victims-and-conditions/

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago
Reply to  querelous

This is all very new. I am sure in the days and weeks to come, we will all come to know each of these people that died. Right now, the surviving loved ones are trying to process this, lay their loved ones to rest and grieve. Let us remember to respect their wishes during this unfathomable   grief and pray for brighter days. 

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago

Aurora…you are a resilient community. There is a long process ahead for the families who must say goodbye to their loved ones. Please remember that your community is there for you. Reach out to them in your time of need. Reach out to the other families and together, share your stories so that you can find some peace in all this madness. Our GOD is a LOVING GOD and as difficult and as senseless as it all seems, know that God loves you and HE will see you through this. To all of AURORA: Come together as a community as you have already but maintain that sense of community in the months and years to follow. Yes, we all must move forward at some point but please reach out to others as time marches on. Do NOT let this DEFINE you…but let it make you grow as a community..as a WHOLE! I cannot begin to fathom your pain and I shall not pretend to do so. If I had one wish, it would be to visit each family member who lost someone in this horrific tragedy. To visit with the survivors whom some call heroes, although I am sure they would only consider themselves as one that did what they would hope anyone else would do. 

I cannot afford to travel to your great city as I suffer from heart disease and do not have the money to travel that distance. But please know that even though my husband and I cannot afford to drive there, you are most certainly in our thoughts, in our prayers and forever in our hearts. Do not think we will ever forget you. It is not possible to forget a community that comes together as you have done. Your community is identical to the one in which we live. I feel close to Aurora because of the unity you have shown and because of the unity my own community has shown in the face of tragedy. 

I pray that each survivor, each family member and loved one of someone lost can know and believe that I will continue to pray for your comfort and healing. I hope that each of them can read this and know that these are not empty words on canvas. They are in my heart and I speak to GOD for all of you. 

We have all had loss to some degree yet we can never understand the grief of each individual. For that reason, it is through prayer that I know God will comfort each and everyone of you. Please reach out to your God in this time of tragedy and allow HIM into your hearts so that one day, you can find the needed comfort, peace and love to move forward. 

I have faith in the Aurora community that you will thrive and that each of you, in your own time, will find peace and comfort in knowing that millions are truly praying for you and no matter how much time passes, we will ALWAYS REMEMBER. If we ever get the opportunity to drive west, you can be assured that Aurora, CO will be the place we visit. 

It is my hope that someone reads this and can someday find comfort in it. I do not speak these words idly. If someone reads this in the area and can get 12 red roses, I hope that you will do a favor that I cannot do myself: place one red rose on each grave as the family says goodbye. Red=Love. And Love is what is in our hearts. If someone can go to one person that was injured and offer our hearts to them, please do this for us. If one person can talk to another who saved a life, please hug them for us. If you are in a position to see the police chief, hug him for us. If there is an officer of the law, a nurse, a doctor, a pastor, hug them for us. And if you are unable to do this, hold the ones you love and tell them you love them every day, with every phone call. I have lived by this code my entire life. I have never left my house without hugging my father or mother and telling them I love them. Every phone call, every departure of any kind, I LOVE YOU are the last words I say because we just don’t know when it may be our last. No matter what is going on, always remember that through it all, I LOVE YOU are the last words that should be said. 

I have a lot of faith in the Aurora community and I promise to carry you in my heart always. God Bless you all. 
Rhonda Heathcott
Newburgh, IN

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago

Please also know that I shall NEVER speak his name but we need to remember to ask God, in our prayers, to forgive this man and more importantly forgive yourselves. Do not struggle with “what-ifs” rather find a way to forgive what he did. I do not ask this of you today but in your own time. Please do not forget about the parents of this man. They had nothing to do with this act so we also must remember to pray for his family. I cannot even begin to fathom the agonizing pain of knowing what their son has done. Again, my heart is with all of you. I cannot express in words alone just how deep and sincere my heart is when it comes to thinking of all of you. Difficult days, weeks, months and years lie ahead for each of you but my prayers will also be with you. God will touch upon you all HIS never ending love to see you through this darkest of times so that you may again see the light. I have faith in my heart that each of you, in your own time, will become stronger and have more kindness in your hearts and most importantly, I pray that out of this tragedy, you each will find your place in life as kind and loving people who will help one another as I am certain you are doing at this very moment. God is with you. Know HIM, LOVE HIM, and take comfort from others who can help you. Forever in our prayers…and always remembered. Our hearts cry, yet we celebrate the strength and courage that you have all shown in the midst of all of this. Stay strong, cry, grieve, remember, forgive and make the most out of your lives. Forever in our prayers…we CARE!!!!!

Crb001
Crb001
10 years ago

Christina Bennett- Wilmington Ohio        My heart is bleeding for all of the victims and all of the people who have been affected by this senseless tragedy.  On behalf of man kind I am so sorry.  God be with you and comfort you all.

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago
Reply to  Crb001

AMEN. 

Grzzw
Grzzw
10 years ago

they  him  in  put  a  stock  and   let  the  people  have   the   killer  do  their   stuff

Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
Rhonda Dietsch-Heathcott
10 years ago
Reply to  Grzzw

Please everyone…do not allow ourselves to stoop to the level of this man. IF this man gets a trial with peers, we pray that God touches upon the jury to do the right thing. Let GOD handle the rest. This should be a place to honor those whose lives were lost, the ones who saved other lives, the ones that are healing, the ones still struggling…let us offer up positive healing and prayers to all, as we cannot begin to comprehend what they are living with and we most certainly cannot begin to imagine the grief of each individual. Remember to continue to pray for everyone and yes, that includes the man that I refuse to name here and also the parents of “Suspect A” for they must be unimaginably shocked to say the least. God Bless you Grzzw

Motomonkey318
Motomonkey318
10 years ago

As a Law Enforcement professional, I want to share my appreciation for the Officers who responded to this incident.  I have heard a 16 minute tape of the Officers running to the shooting scene.  Those men and women are heroes and you need to thank them!  They put their lives on the line to extend help to those involved in this terrible tragedy. 

Saxypat
Saxypat
10 years ago

A poem I wrote In Memory Of The Lives Lost In Aurora Movie Theatre

On This Dark
And sober night
Red-hot rage
Was in the air-
The beast within-
Took innocent people-
Such panic and fear-
Tiny screams
And shattered silence
Noone knew their
Life would end.
Angel whispered-
Take my hand-step out
Of the darkness
and into the light

By: Patricia R Shaw
[email protected]

roberts bud
10 years ago

Re: movie massacre debacle/
>wouldn’t it be nice if someone was able to resurrect these students from the dead. it might be possible …>if the following criteria were considered…>, / the victims dna is sampled and placed in a time capsule and interred in the city’s memorial garden sacred sanctuary. to honor the dead of this terrible tragedy, perhaps a  memorial vault could  be constructed using the latest state of the art laser-hemiodynamic spectroscopic field technology and cryogenic maintenance storage vessels.  mechanisms\ the victim’s dna would then be stored and saved until science achieved the ultimate breakthrough of a complete and viable living genomic dna resurrection. > a promise written in holy scripture, a fufillment of biblical prophecy that has long eluded mankind. these students would then be guaranteed
the rite of passage into the living at some unknown time when the cryogenic vaults were opened by some future generation. thus achieving the ultimate victory and setting an example to be considered by others who are suffering the same grief
 and closure of losing loved ones. an assurance of hope is now possible./
roberts

Lombardiv1
Lombardiv1
10 years ago

I have a few questions for the press at the Aurora Sentinel –

There was an interview with a Corbin Dates on the night of the shootings on CNN- I have posted the interview of this live – eye witness –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4MW_qhAPAU&feature=em-share_video_user

The interview speaks for itself – Mr Dates says very clearly that there was another person in theater who received a call in the theater – went to the exit door and propped it open – 15 minutes later the shooter came though this propped open exit door and the rest we all know the very sad ending.

Why isn’t anyone discussing this eye witness account ?

The other question I have is this – how can a person – living on unemployment checks monthly afford $ 15,000 worth of equipment – much of which was so sophisticated that it is not possible for a normal civilian to purchase ?

The next question I have is how could a person – according to the news – construct such sophistication bombs with various booby traps – as the alleged person according to the news had no prior knowledge or training – again- according to CNN.

Why has the news not reported on the above – as when you try to connect the dots – the dots are hard to follow to connect . 

The last question I have is – it was clearly obvious to anyone that the accused at court this morning was clearly sedated to such an extent that he was not even aware of what was going on – many times he had a hard time focusing let alone understanding what was happening.

There is no question about this mans role in these shootings – the questions that keeps coming to my mind is – who was this man in the theater that took the call and how could this person on welfare pay US 15,000.00 for this equipment.

We are all praying for everyone out west – good luck and we easterners would like to get the answers to these questions.

William W.
William W.
10 years ago

An Open letter to the Century Theatre Chain Regarding the Aurora, CO Massacre
How is that “No firearms permitted” thing working out for you liberal A$$ CLOWNS?  Didn’t seem to slow Mr. Holmes down one little bit did it?  Even a pat down or a magnetometer would not have stopped his well calculated plan.  Your misguided “security” measure has been graphically and tragically demonstrated to be complete and utter HORSE EXCREMENT!  In your gun terror paralyzed paranoia against LEGAL CONCEALED CARRY you have in reality exposed your patrons to what the homicidal psychopath lovingly refers to as, “A FREE KILL ZONE!”  What your asinine sign REALLY says to him is, “Come on in!  Murder, maim and terrorize to your heart’s content!  NO OPPOSITION!”  And Mr. Holmes got everything he wanted didn’t he?  I only PRAY there was a CCW holder in that audience who left his weapon in his car because of your “security” and decides to SUE YOUR ASSETS OFF for your MONUMENTAL FAILURE to protect him, DISALLOWING him to protect himself, and FORCING him to be a VICTIM!
I am growing extremely weary of the “never even held a firearm” political talking heads’ unjustifiable speculation that had a competent CCW holder engaged this maniac it would have only made the situation worse.  “There may have been even more lives lost in THAT gunfight,” one simpering anti-gun female Senator moaned.  I’m calling a massive BULLSQUAT on that one!  Here’s why.  In December 2007 at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, CIVILIAN security guard Jeanne Assam successfully halted the attack of a heavily armed gunman who assaulted her church.  She took cover, engaged him with her sidearm and KILLED HIM ON THE SPOT!  “There was chaos,” she said.  “I came out of cover… and took him down.  I didn’t think for a minute to run away.”  Her bold and decisive action saved countless lives that day.  SHE DID NOT KILL OR INJURE ANY INNOCENT PERSON UPON ENGAGING THE GUNMAN!!!  Remember, in her own words, “It was chaos.”  Conjecture that someone able to disrupt the gunman’s plans would have made the situation worse is not borne out in the facts of an ACTUAL similar event.  Trolley Square in Utah also comes to mind.  These are simply the musings of simpering elitist sheep, all too willing to sacrifice the rest of us on the altar of their unattainable liberal gun free “utopia.”  Do you honestly believe the good Senator goes ANYWHERE without ARMED escort, or possibly even a weapon she may flatly deny possessing?  Armed protection is good enough for her, but not for us commoners?  Please…  We are not all that stupid.
I will concede that Ms. Assam had previous police training, and that certainly was to her advantage.  I have participated in firearms competitions for many years alongside law enforcement officers, and can tell you that their training does not guarantee a competent gunman however.  CCW holders who take seriously the gravity of carrying a firearm will also understand the requirement for regular training and practice in becoming a proficient operator.  OWNING AND CARRYING A FIREARM NO MORE MAKES YOU AN OPERATOR THAN OWNING A GUITAR MAKES YOU A MUSICIAN!  A dedicated operator must train as much as possible and practice, practice, practice.
The liberal paranoia over concealed carry is COMPLETELY unjustified.  Have you all forgotten that it takes an FBI criminal background check in order to obtain a permit?  In my State EVERY permit holder is subjected to a DAILY computer check for any reported legal infractions.  The NATIONAL statistics on CCW holders committing any type of gun related crime are LESS THAN ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT!  That is far lower than the percentage of criminals in the general population!  In States where concealed carry has recently been wisely implemented, the crime rates have gone DOWN!  In fact, violent crime in our “gun crazy” country has dropped 70 PERCENT in the last several years.  PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY CARRY A LEGALLY CONCEALED FIREARM ARE NEARLY 100 PERCENT GOOD GUYS!  The SHEEPDOGS people!  NOT the wolves!  Just the fact that criminals know operators are out there and their little criminal endeavor may not go so well makes it safer for EVERYONE.  Most criminals are looking for the easy score, not for a fight they might lose.
I have NO DOUBT that a well prepared CCW operator would have been able to disrupt Mr. Holmes plan, disable his body, and destroy his will to fight, despite his “armor.”  Under fire he has to think how to respond, and while he’s thinking, he’s NOT shooting.  The fact that a theatre chain or ANY business would rather risk and cope with murdered patrons than anyone who is legally carrying a concealed firearm is idiocy beyond my comprehension.

Thomasbritol
Thomasbritol
10 years ago

I just don’t understand those who claim this was a crime without reason. This shooter along with every other nearly identical American shooter acted in the same deliberate fashion planned to exploit the American love of guns and media to commit an atrocity to garner maximum and enduring press coverage. Is there no call to change this culture?

Mario Romero
Mario Romero
10 years ago

I was there in theater 8, and my college professor asked us for a poem the next day, so I wrote this:

I waited
Mario
Romero

I waited eagerly in line to take my seat

Icee in one hand, popcorn in the other.

Sanchez and I eager to see the adventure of the
Dark Knight
on this dark night.

The theater was crowded, the voices a solid wall
driving us to the front, where there still was room
and as the lights went down, in anticipation
we waited.

But we did not expect what happened.
As gunshots rang from the screen,
an echo behind us.
A joke, we thought, a set of fireworks
burning for fun,
then they ran past us
from the room next door
a couple of men and two women
dashing through the exit.
And I waited, unsure, and then the ringing
the flashing lights and the voice,
muted but strong.
“There has been an incident, please exit through the nearest door.”
So up we went, and to the door, following the fleeing ones
but we were not to leave that way
for back they came,
one man thrusting the door closed
the woman holding her face.
“Not this way, there’s a man with a gun out there!”
Close enough to have taken her in my arms
I saw the blood oozing from her mouth
and was for the first time – concerned.
But not frightened. The military took care of that.
And so we waited, warned away from the front
and sealing the door to the back
until the police arrived.
Sanchez and I, with military grace,
strolled from the scene
confident in the police.

The acrid taste of tear gas hit my throat
as we neared the glass doors
the dark barrel of a shotgun held in uniformed arms
strolling off to my side.
And again I waited,
unknowing, unaware, unsure
of what was going to happen next.
I saw the woman bleeding from her mouth
carried to an ambulance.
I saw what was once a striped shirt,
white and black,
now stained in red
as three men carried him to another waiting ambulance.
I heard a young woman, a girl really
crying for her sister,
desperately relieved when she appeared
with their friend
who had been shot in both his legs.
I could smell the diesel from the fire trucks,
hear the whooping cry of official vehicles
and see the tears from people afraid and unsure
while I waited.

I’m still waiting.

Julia
Julia
10 years ago

His med id pic looks UNLIKE his jail pic.  The eyes are dif shape, the nose, the chin, the eyebrows, the mouth.. i mean seriously, what happened to James Holmes, the med student?  any unidentified bodies turn up in May/June in Aurora Colorado area??.. cuz i have a suspicion that there is so much more to all of this.. we need to think outside the box… and take a closer look here.. is this student JH, or someone who bumped him off… and carried forward with the terrorism act.  Who funded him with the voluminous ammo and weaponry purchases?  just say’n i don’t think the two pics match-up one bit….

Lindamorris
Lindamorris
10 years ago

I agree with those who have written about the exemplary work of the first-responders during the recent Aurora tragedy.  And I think that soon as townspeople begin to look for something postive to give them momentum in healing, that a more formalized and public thank you to those police officers, fire people, paramedics, hospital personnel and theatre workers who reacted quickly, professionally, bravely and far above and beyond what could reasonably be expected of them in the face of such chaos should be arranged so that people can acknowledge the overwhelming heroism and good acts of the many as opposed to the horror initiated by just one.

Gerald
Gerald
10 years ago

Batman’s Sorrow for the city of Aurora, Colorado.Please come to this page and like then share with everyone you know!!

BarbaraCrystal
BarbaraCrystal
10 years ago

 Vision and Witness… of the “Violet Flame Heart” Aurora, Colorado
July 22, 2012
It was time for bed, and I sat on the edge of my bed and began to say my nightly prayers. As I was saying my prayers I began to experience the whole room being frozen in time, all had stopped including myself, and then a soft voice said, “You are the witness”. The room in front of me began to part… I could see the Movie Theater in Colorado, and was able to see inside the theater and all twelve souls that had lost their lives, they were all still there.
Then my attention was drawn to the outside of the movie theater and looking very high above the theater, the top part of a very large outline of a Red Vibrant Heart began to appear flowing downward until the bottom tip of the heart extended deep into the ground covering the entire theater. As I watched… In the center of the Heart, a large burst of violet light appeared and the Violet Consuming Flame began to fill the entire Heart, Theater and Grounds.
I turned my head to the right, and could see in the far distance a large beautiful Rainbow Arrow of Light moving very fast toward the Heart. I then turned my head to the left, and saw the killer, James Eagan Holmes. I turned my head back to the right and saw the Rainbow Arrow of Light shoot straight through the Violet Flame Heart, into the killer’s heart. I then looked back to the movie theater and I could see all twelve Souls again, they were at Peace and Happy. The Souls then held each others hand and all began to move upward into the “Light” until they were gone.
I then saw the “Violet Flame Heart” surrounding the movie theater, expand larger and larger until the “Violet Flame Heart” covered all of Colorado.
Then a soft voice said “Let not, hurt nor grief fill your heart, for your love ones are with us now… let love and forgiveness be in your heart now and forever”.
As the vision ended a tear rolled down my cheek… O’ God, thank you for such a beautiful vision.
Barbara Crystal