Aurora theater shooting: One vigil tonight at 7 p.m., another Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

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Rhonda Fields.
Update, July 20, 5:45 p.m.: There are now two vigils planned for the victims of the Aurora Century 16 theater shooting. One, at 7 p.m. tonight, is being hosted by local clergy members, according to Aurora Representative Rhonda Fields, who announced this morning that she'd be hosting a vigil tonight. Fields says she has now stepped away from the lead role and is coordinating with the city of Aurora to hold a second vigil on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight's vigil is slated to take place outside Kaiser Permanente, 14701 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, which is close to where the shooting occurred.

"Clergy is saying they don't want to wait two days to pray," Fields says. "So I am going to support their vigil by being out there. ... But I'm not in the lead position of this event."

Fields says she'll also support the city's vigil on Sunday. "The city of Aurora wanted to make sure they did something that would properly honor the victims," she adds. "So I agree with them and I support their efforts and I don't want to be not in sync with what the city wants to do." Fields says city officials told her that they're "not in a position" to host a vigil tonight and asked that one be held on Sunday instead.

Original post, July 20, 11:30 a.m.: Aurora Representative Rhonda Fields will host a prayer vigil tonight at 7 p.m. at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 East Alameda Parkway, for the victims of the Century 16 theater shooting. "I'm a survivor of murder," says Fields. Her son, Javad, was killed in 2005 just before he was set to testify at a murder trial. "The only thing that sustained me and kept me lifted was prayer. I'm a woman of faith and that's all I know how to do, is pray."

According to Fields, she first heard about the shooting at 2:30 this morning when she received a phone call from a constituent, who was "very upset.... I right away turned on the news, and I was just horrified and saddened by the number of people who died for just going to see Batman, and how calculating he was and deliberate he was in his intent to harm. I just can't understand it."

Fields says she's concerned about gun violence. Both Aurora and Denver have seen several shootings this summer, prompting concerns that the metro area is headed toward another "Summer of Violence." Fields says: "I serve in the State House and while I was down there, we had people run all kinds of gun bills, making more access to guns. I oppose those kinds of things because I've seen the harm when guns are put in the hands of the wrong people.

"No person should be killed with a gun."

A search of the Colorado General Assembly bill tracker reveals several gun-related bills, including House Bill 1092, which would have allowed anyone over the age of 21 who is legally able to own a handgun to carry it concealed without a permit. It did not pass.

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16 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I wonder if it were like this when Lincoln was killed ?

No. They weren't trying to tell people that one guy shot 70 people AND THE COPS FUCKING MISSED !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

From: "Petty, Dan" <DPetty@DenverPost.Com> Add sender to Contacts To: juan_leg@yahoo.com

Hello – I understand you’ve been quite concerned about apparent “censoring” of comments on The Denver Post, and you’ve made a special effort to call out Joe Murphy and I for doing so. I’m not really quite sure where you’re getting this at all, really. So I’m wondering – What’s going on. What’s the issue? What can we help you with? And why haven’t you contacted us?

 

Thanks man,

 

DP

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Nathan
Nathan

I just wonder how many people who send their "prayers" out to those involved have actually prayed for more than 5 minutes, yeah including myself. Anyway, forgive my bitterness. God is not to blame for such evil. In actuality, it is all the more reason to trust in Jesus Christ. Why? Well he told the truth, not once did He hide the fact that the human heart is entirely corrupt. Unless God had not interviened for us, dying on that cross in our place, we would all still be spiritually dead, no better-off than any murderer. So yeah we need to pray, for the victim's families especially, that "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard their hearts and minds in Chrsit Jesus (Phil. 4:7). To pray for the perpetrator even, for the gospel is the power of God to save anyone (Rom 1:16), whether we understand or not. And since we will all have to give an account of our lives one day, we need to pray for ouselves and for each other, that we would not be "overcome by an evil heart of unbelief, leading us to fall away from the living God (Heb. 3:12), that we would not think of ourselves as "good" when, at our core, we are all bad people without the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His imputed righteousness. That we would continue to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" (Phil. 2:12), drawing others into the everlasting kingdom which God Almighty has promised even the gates of hell will not prevail against (Mat.16:18) and death shall be no more through the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:55-56).

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why are they picturing the Rep and NOT the deceased teacher ???

Are we nearing election time already ???

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Are you superstitious imbeciles going to bray to the same "god" who allowed this grotesque tragedy to take place ??

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @juan_leg 

 

The gutless fascist censor cowards from the DP continue with their pathetic lies.

 

Typical of that cesspool of filth.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @Nathan 

How many hours must I pray before my leg will grow back ???

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Nathan  said "God is not to blame for such evil"

 

Your "god" is ENTIRELY to BLAME for such grotesque evil.

 

Incontrovertibly so.

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Guest
Guest

 @DonkeyHotay Is that the same god who allows you to walk the earth, DonkeyHotay? Yeah, I wouldn't pray to that god either.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay

From: "Petty, Dan" <DPetty@DenverPost.Com> Add sender to Contacts To: juan_leg@yahoo.com

Hello – I understand you’ve been quite concerned about apparent “censoring” of comments on The Denver Post, and you’ve made a special effort to call out Joe Murphy and I for doing so. I’m not really quite sure where you’re getting this at all, really. So I’m wondering – What’s going on. What’s the issue? What can we help you with? And why haven’t you contacted us?

 

Thanks man,

 

DP

____________ Dan Petty Social Media Editor, The Denver Post Central Region Engagement Editor, Digital First Media P: 303-954-1081 Twitter: http://twitter.com/danielpetty

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Guest 

 

Exact same one!

 

Paaaahraize Jaaaayzus !!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @juan_leg 

 

You and Kathleen Chippi should attend the next concert.

 

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