There were 60 people six months ago who spilled out of the Century Aurora 16 theater with gunshot wounds. Ten more lay dead inside. Two of the wounded died at the hospital. Today, reports the Denver Post, there are officially 82 victims named in the charges against the accused shooter. Hundreds more — the number stretches to include family members of the injured and the slain, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital nurses — were stricken by the tragedy. Over the last six months, each one has walked his or her own path of grief, of loss, of recovery.
The community of victims was always a happenstance one. What binds people in a movie theater together besides the ticket to get in? Six months later, some victims and survivors of the theater shooting have found solace in togetherness. They sit next to one another in court hearings. They hold news conferences to discuss gun control. While some victims denounced the re-opening of the theater, others said they wanted to go. Some victims are asking for the accused shooter to face the death penalty; others say they have forgiven him. After the shooting, victims’ groups built a website — http://www.aurorastrong.bluesunsupport.com/ — where shooting victims and community members can learn about traumatic grieving and find services. At least 100 people have signed up for an account.