Colorado movie theater still closed as memorials grow

The Colorado movie theater where a gunman opened fire during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie remains closed as memorials grow outside the building.

Twelve people died Friday, July 20, and 58 others were injured in the shooting during the premier of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora.

The suspect, 24-year-old James Holmes made his first court appearance Monday.

The accused mass murderer seemed dazed and never looked anyone in the face as family members of some of the victims sat nearby.

"Seems like demonic or something like that," said David Sanchez, one of the victims' father-in-law. "He's just, his eyes are just crazy, kinda crazy looking -- there's something wrong with that man."

Holmes, once a top neuroscience student recently dropped out of grad school at the University of Colorado.

Police say he spent thousands of dollars on weapons and ammunition, dressed up like a villainous batman character, then opened fire.

Authorities say afterwards, he called himself, "The Joker."

Ten people died inside the theater. Two died later. Among them was Jessica Ghawi.

Her friend called Jessica's family from the theater.
 

"I was awakened by the most horrific scream I've ever heard in my life," said Ghawi's father, Lonnie Phillips. "I thought someone was in my house stabbing my wife in the heart."

The victims range in age from 6 to 51.

There are many stories of heroism. Allie Young says her friend Stephanie saved her life.

"We're laying there, literally in the mouth of hell," Young said. "And when I say literally I mean literally from every aspect."

There's no word a about motive.

As Holmes' past is examined, an entire community is left to wonder what led to the killings, and how to recover from the devastation.

Formal charges are expected to be filed Monday, possibly more than 100 counts. A decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty will come later.

It could be months until a trial gets underway, the prosecutor said Monday.
 


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