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2012 Aurora Shooting

The July 20, 2012, shootings at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killed twelve people and injured seventy others. James Holmes was arrested outside the theater, which had been showing a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, shortly after the incident. Just fifteen minutes elapsed between Holmes's entrance into theater 9 and his capture - but the ramifications will resonate for years. Below are selected Westword stories about the shooting and its aftermath; read more of our coverage of the Aurora theater shooting.

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  1. Aurora to remember theater shooting tragedy with healing activities, volunteer opportunities
    Article
    The city of Aurora will remember that day with a slate of events.
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  2. James Holmes's attorneys confirm that he was the gunman in the Aurora theater shooting
    Article
    In new documents, lawyers for James Holmes state he committed the homicidal acts while under the influence of mental illness.
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  3. James Holmes allowed to plead not guilty by reason of insanity
    Article
    James Holmes, accused of killing twelve people and wounding seventy at a July 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises at an Aurora theater, has been allowed to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
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  4. For Aurora theater shooting victim Carli Richards, the worst isn't over yet
    Cover Story
    Carli Richards watched as a man dressed all in black walked into the crowded movie theater through the emergency exit farthest from where she and her boyfriend, Chris Townson, were sitting. He didn't sneak in like a thief.
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  5. Should the media forgo using killers' names and photos?
    Cover Story Sidebar
    Is the media responsible for making James Holmes famous?
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  6. James Holmes's psychiatrist says he made "homicidal statements," documents reveal
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  7. Aurora theater shooting inspires local first-graders to launch Jar of Kindness project
    Article
    How do you help young children cope with a terrible tragedy? A first-grade teacher in Aurora has come up with a way
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  8. Aurora Century theater reopens six months after shooting with speeches, The Hobbit
    Article
    "It feels really light in here," said Destiny Dykes, who was in the theater when a gunman opened fire.
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  9. Read timeline of James Holmes's actions before and after Aurora theater shooting
    Timeline
    We've compiled this timeline based on testimony from witnesses at a preliminary hearing in Holmes's case, which took place January 7, 8 and 9, 2013.
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  10. James Holmes took photos of himself dressed to kill
    Day 3 of the Preliminary Hearing
    Hours before the shooting, Holmes took a self-portrait with his iPhone: He wore a black skull cap -- a couple curls of red hair can be seen sticking out near his ears -- and what might be described as a sinister or devilish look on his face.
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  11. Youngest victim's story, death of a military man
    Day 2 of the Preliminary Hearing
    Melanie Asmar is covering day two of the preliminary hearing into the July 20 Aurora theater shooting allegedly committed by James Holmes. The latest update is immediately below, followed by previous coverage.
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  12. James Holmes's eyes lit up, said victim's dad
    Day 1 of the Preliminary Hearing
    Melanie Asmar is covering today's preliminary hearing into the July 20 Aurora theater shooting allegedly committed by James Holmes. The latest update is immediately below, followed by previous coverage.
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  13. Aurora, Columbine families hold emotional conference urging gun reforms
    Article
    Families of the victims of the shooting victims begged officials to enact policies that would make it harder for mass murderers to access the kinds of weapons that killed their loved ones.
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  14. Timeline of CU e-mails in twelve hours after shooting shows confusion, fear
    Timeline
    We've put together a timeline of e-mails culled from the 3,800 released this week by CU.
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  15. CU releases some documents related to James Holmes, including a second ID photo
    Article
    The University of Colorado has released four documents in response to more than thirty open records requests filed by the media.
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  16. James Holmes: Inmate's strange tale of "confession" and suicide efforts
    Article
    Steven Unruh is having a hard time convincing anyone that he spent hours talking to Aurora theater shootings suspect James Holmes shortly after his arrest last July.
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  17. 38 victims will split $5.3 million in donated money
    Victim Relief Fund
    Thirty-eight claimants will soon receive a portion of the $5.3 million raised through the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, according to an announcement by Governor John Hickenlooper's office.
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  18. James Holmes's lawyers ask to delay hearing, say media requests are "beginning to interfere"
    Article
    James Holmes's lawyers are asking to postpone a hearing because they need more time to prepare, a result, they say, of media requests that additional information be made public.
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  19. Mike White, Sr. on why he wants to revisit scene of attack
    Article
    Mike White is searching for answers. To find them, he hopes to return to the Aurora theater where a gunman opened fire on White, his family and others who'd come to see the July 20 midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
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  20. Fund for victim Farrah Soudani gets busty boost from theCHIVE
    Article
    On Friday, July 20, the day authorities say James Holmes opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, John Resig posted a note theCHIVE.com, the wildly popular photo website he founded with his brother.
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  21. James Holmes is Innocent Facebook group insists it's serious
    Article
    Seven weeks to the day since the Aurora theater shooting, the sort of James Holmes tribute pages that popped up in the immediate aftermath of the massacre are showing unexpected staying power on Facebook.
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  22. Victims' families say they have no voice about donations
    Article
    Eleven families who lost loved ones in the Aurora theater shooting came together for a news conference today, during which they cast blame on an organization called the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance and Governor John Hickenlooper.
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  23. James Holmes banned from CU for threats month before theater shooting
    Article
    Suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was banned from the University of Colorado in June after he made threats that were reported to the campus police, prosecutors said in court today.
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  24. James Holmes, aka The Llama: Bizarre photo, impressive docs from grad school application
    Article
    During a Thursday court hearing, attorneys for accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes said their client is mentally ill.But a different Holmes emerges in his 2010 application to a neuroscience program.
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  25. The twelve Aurora theater shooting victims (16-27)
    The Victims
    Photos of the twelve people who were murdered less than two weeks ago, simply for wanting to watch a movie.
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  26. Jessica Ghawi scholarship fund zooms past goal with help from L.A. Kings
    Article
    The first person identified as a victim of the Aurora theater shooting was Jessica Ghawi, a.k.a. Jessica Redfield, a fledgling sports journalist interning for 104.3 The Fan.
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  27. James Holmes reportedly sent notebook with massacre plans to CU psychiatrist before attack
    Article
    Fox News maintains that suspected murderer James Holmes sent a notebook filled with plans and details of his assault to a University of Colorado psychiatrist -- but it wasn't discovered until after the massacre.
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  28. Why has judge barred cameras from next James Holmes hearing?
    Article
    While the judge's order doesn't specifically mention the national guessing game about Holmes's mental condition, you can bet it was a factor in his decision.
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  29. Couple who escaped Century 16 having their first child
    Article
    Three days after Jeremiah and Lindsay Wheelersburg escaped the Century 16 shootings in Aurora unharmed, the couple got some unexpected news: They are having their first child.
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  30. James Holmes in court: Mentally ill or faking it?
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  31. James Holmes's tactical gear provider accused of having "blood on its hands"
    Article
    Tactical Gear employees have been threatened even as COO Andrew Hoefener redirected some of the criticism facing the company toward outlets that provide guns and ammunition, not just armor and accessories.
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  32. Christian Bale visits Aurora theater shooting victim Carey Rottman
    Article
    The Aurora theater shooting took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, who released a statement afterward expressing his horror at the event that took the lives of twelve people.
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  33. Photo: James Holmes mug shot
    Article
    The Aurora Police Department has just released what's destined to be the most infamous mug shot of this particular Colorado moment -- the booking photo of James Holmes, the accused Aurora theater shooter.
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  34. Inside the courtroom with shock-haired Aurora theater shooting suspect
    Holmes
    He wore a maroon jumpsuit, but the most shocking thing about his appearance was his hair, which was a bushy tumble of neon orange.
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  35. Rebecca Wingo's loved ones remember her online
    Article
    The sudden proliferation of James Holmes Facebook tribute pages exemplifies the outlets for venom the Internet provides in the wake of tragedies like the Aurora theater shootings.
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  36. List of victims who died released by coroner's office
    Article
    The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office has released a list of the people who died in the shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora.
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  37. Police chief says James Holmes's apartment was rigged to kill
    Article
    Aurora police Chief Dan Oates expressed anger today when talking about theater shooting suspect James Holmes's "booby-trapped" apartment.
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  38. Videos: Aurora Century 16 shootings at The Dark Knight Rises
    Article
    Overnight, a gunman opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Aurora Town Center Century 16 movie complex.
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  39. Aurora theater shooting: James Holmes's apartment is booby-trapped, police chief says
    Article
    "His apartment is apparently booby-trapped."
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  40. Aurora theater shooting: 12 dead, 58 injured, chief won't address Joker rumors
    Article
    ABC News is reporting that when Holmes was taken into custody by police shortly after the rampage, he said he was the Joker.
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