Aurora, Colorado: A Community in Pain

Monday, July 23, 2012

Two women mourn the loss of a relative near the theater where 12 people were killed July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. (DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

News of Friday’s shootings in Colorado brought the presidential race to a standstill. Both candidates suspended campaign ads in Colorado, and President Obama joined victims' families at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Alleged shooter James Holmes is reportedly in solitary confinement in a Denver Area detention facility, and is set to make his first court appearance today. The 24-year-old is likely to face first-degree murder charges.

Alastair Leithead of our partner the BBC spent the weekend in Aurora and filed a report on a community in pain.


Alastair Leithead

Produced by:

Paul R. Smith

Comments [4]

Diane from New Jersey

I think we should stop giving this individual all this attention.Take his face off the TV. This is what makes copy cats say "I'll try that".
My heart goes out to the family and friend of the Victims

Jul. 23 2012 10:55 AM
Debra from Pittsburgh, PA

Our society needs to acknowledge and understand a mental illness component may be involved when inexplicable mass shootings occur. My son was a student at VT in 2007 but was not on campus when the murders took place. He knew many of the victims and points out (to me) that many, many people observed behaviors in Seung-Hui Cho that were indicators of UNTREATED mental illness. Whatever prevented this troubled man and others who act out in a similar manner (e.g.Jared Loughner, and now James Holmes)from receiving mental health care is part of the problem. Unstable, mentally ill people are obviously able to buy guns with minimal background investigation. In this case shouldn't a purchase including 6,000 rounds of ammunition, full body armor and assault weapons triggered a warning?
We need to learn from these horrific experiences and apply that knowledge with a goal of preventing any similar future events. One lesson may be that we need more mental health professionals and greater access to those services with less stigma attached to those who seek that type of care. Another may be stricter background checking and screening for certain types of weapons or the banning of assault weapons.

Jul. 23 2012 10:22 AM
jane Caputi from boca raton florida

To begin to even partially explain events such as the movie massacre in Aurora we need to recognize and question the aggrandizement of violent masculinity so pervasive in our culture, evidenced so clearly in the cinematic portrayals of both our heroes and villains, our “Batmans” and our “Jokers."

Jul. 23 2012 09:35 AM
Miguel from Colorado

I can't help but wonder if it is a similar feeling for the families of unsuspecting civilians killed by US drone attacks.

Jul. 23 2012 08:01 AM

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