A vigil was held Sunday night for the victims of a fatal movie theatre shooting in Colorado.
Dozens of people have signed and left notes on a giant banner that’s been set up near the Aurora theatre where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 others on Friday.
Across the street, there were crosses in honor of each of the victims.
“The state has been an extraordinary example of strength,” President Barack Obama said at the vigil. He was there to speak to the victims, their families, and state and local officials.
“Scripture says that ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more. Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.’
“When you have an opportunity to visit with families who have lost their loved ones, I come to them not as a president but as a father and a husband. We can all understand what it would be to have somebody that we love taken from us in this fashion,” he said.
Denver News identified all 12 people killed in Friday’s massacre, including Jessica Redfield, who managed to escape the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto. Alex Sullivan, Matt McQuinn, John Larimer, Micayla Midek, AJ Boik, Jesse Childress, John Blunk, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Alexander Taves, Rebecca Ann Wingo and Gordon W. Cowden were all killed.
“I tried to assure the families that though perpetrator of this evil act has received a lot of attention, that attention will fade. And in the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy,” Obama said.
The movie theater will stay closed until at least Wednesday.
On Saturday, Colorado police carried out a controlled detonation at the booby-trapped apartment of the suspect.
James Holmes, 24, is in custody. He has no criminal history and there’s no word yet on a potential motive for the massacre. He is expected in court Monday.