Nation

Colorado theater shooting victims honored

Survivors of Newtown join vigil

Jane Dougherty (left), whose sister was killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting, read the names of gun violence victims at an event for the one-year anniversary of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. With her was Carlee Soto, who also lost a sister in Newtown.

Rick Wilking/REUTERS

Jane Dougherty (left), whose sister was killed in the Newtown, Conn., shooting, read the names of gun violence victims at an event for the one-year anniversary of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. With her was Carlee Soto, who also lost a sister in Newtown.

AURORA, Colo. — Survivors of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut were among those gathered Friday in a suburban Denver park to honor those killed in the massacre at an Aurora movie theater a year after the attack.

Vigil participants read a list of names of those killed in recent gun violence around the nation and talked about the pain of losing loved ones as they called for strict federal gun control laws.

Advertisement

‘‘Why wait any longer?’’ asked Carlee Soto, whose sister was killed at the elementary school rampage in Newtown, Conn. ‘‘The time for change is now.’’

The scene was somber, even as gun rights activists stood silently nearby at a counterrally holding signs to rebut the appeals for firearms restrictions.

‘‘We want the families of the victims to know that we are sorry for their loss,’’ said Alicia Perez, an organizer in Colorado with Gun Rights Across America.

Perez went on to say that gun rights supporters simply felt compelled to oppose calls for new gun laws, which they see as an infringement on Second Amendment rights.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group founded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, was a sponsor of Friday’s tribute rally. Perez’s group criticized the association, saying its members were using tragedy for political gain.

Advertisement

James Holmes is charged with indiscriminately slaughtering 12 people and injuring 70 others who were quietly watching a Batman movie in Aurora one year ago.

The California native was a former camp counselor, aspiring neuroscientist with a prestigious federal grant, and a recent arrival in Denver when the crime was committed.

The victims’ advocates kept up their calls Friday for tighter restrictions on gun sales and for universal background checks.

Loading comments...
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.