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Photos: Aurora theater shooting and ten massacre sites that were changed (or not)

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The City of Aurora is conducting a survey, asking folks through August 31 what should be done with the Aurora Century 16, the theater where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people.

Many other massacre sites have faced this unfortunate question in the past, with responses ranging from minor changes to destroying the building where tragedy struck. Look below for photos and information about ten attacks and the choices made.

Tucson shooting

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ABC15
On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a public meeting at a Safeway grocery store when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire, killing six people and severely injuring many others, including Giffords, who ultimately had to step down from her House seat in order to focus on her recuperation.

Today, the Safeway remains in business. But earlier this year, the company unveiled a memorial featuring the plaque seen here, as well as six small boulders honoring those who lost their lives.

Luby's massacre

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Murderpedia.org
On October 16, 1991, George Hennard drove a truck into a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, then began shooting at the patrons inside, estimated at more than eighty at the time of the incident. In the end, he killed 23 people and hurt twenty more before killing himself.

The restaurant eventually reopened, but business is said to have suffered and it wound up closing permanently in 2000. The space is now occupied by Yank Sing, described by Wikipedia as a Chinese-American buffet.

Continue reading about ten sites that were changed (or not) after massacres.



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Trent Dozier
Trent Dozier

Exactly...To close the theater gives Holmes a win...Leave it open and make #9 a memorial.

D.j. Martinez
D.j. Martinez

Leave it open but make theater 9 a memorial site.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

Bulldoze it. Raze it. Who is ever really going to patronize it again? You really gonna feel comfortable there? No, I didn't think so.

Penny Heying Gabbert
Penny Heying Gabbert

What about the Chuckie cheese murders in Aurora in 1993. The building is still there.. People will always remember.. Tearing the building down could never make us forget..

Penny Heying Gabbert
Penny Heying Gabbert

What about the Chuckie cheese murders in Aurora in 1993. The building is still there.. People will always remember.. Tearing the building down could never make us forget..

Squi Rrel
Squi Rrel

they should have an empty screening of batman. Some ghost is in limbo still waiting for the movie to start.

Kevin D. Vessels
Kevin D. Vessels

As a film producer film on mental illness we need to tlak about way to stop the killing .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The funding for all these graven images should come directly from the NRA.

Marc Babel
Marc Babel

put a huge mourning batman statue up

Marc Babel
Marc Babel

put a huge mourning batman statue up

Marc Babel
Marc Babel

put a huge mourning batman statue up

Kasey Elkington
Kasey Elkington

what about Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Lets tear them down and rebuild them.

Kasey Elkington
Kasey Elkington

what about Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Lets tear them down and rebuild them.

Kasey Elkington
Kasey Elkington

what about Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Lets tear them down and rebuild them.

Kasey Elkington
Kasey Elkington

what about Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Lets tear them down and rebuild them.

Brittany Kern
Brittany Kern

Keep it open but turn theater 9 into a memorial and have it a special place of remembrance and let people enjoy batman clips from all the movies showing all the time in there! The victims were there enjoying one of their favorite super hero let that super hero be apart of that theater

Deidra Jones
Deidra Jones

Chuck it an fuck it, take the shit down and MOVE ON

Deidra Jones
Deidra Jones

Chuck it an fuck it, take the shit down and MOVE ON

Deidra Jones
Deidra Jones

Chuck it an fuck it, take the shit down and MOVE ON

Crystal Niedzwiadek
Crystal Niedzwiadek

Why does my opinion matter? The owners should make the decision because they own it. American freedoms are awesome. And whatever they decide- it's not for us to judge.

Crystal Niedzwiadek
Crystal Niedzwiadek

Why does my opinion matter? The owners should make the decision because they own it. American freedoms are awesome. And whatever they decide- it's not for us to judge.

Jen Symank
Jen Symank

One californian down 750,000 to go!

Jen Symank
Jen Symank

One californian down 750,000 to go!

Jen Symank
Jen Symank

One californian down 750,000 to go!

Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott

Just renovate and reopen the theater. It was tragic but you can't let these situations define life or our response to it. Have a big 'in your face' re-opening.

Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott

Just renovate and reopen the theater. It was tragic but you can't let these situations define life or our response to it. Have a big 'in your face' re-opening.

Michelle Anthony
Michelle Anthony

renovate and def. a memorial for all the lost victims families

Michelle Anthony
Michelle Anthony

renovate and def. a memorial for all the lost victims families

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