Aurora Century 16 reopening: See changes made to ten other massacre sites
At 5 p.m. today, the Aurora Century 16, the site of the July 20 attack that killed twelve, officially reopens following a ceremony featuring Governor John Hickenlooper and many others. Some family members have called for a boycott of the event -- an indication of the strong emotions stirred by decisions involving mass-murder settings. What has been done with other sites around the country? We explored that question in a post last August that's even more timely now. Get answers about ten tragic spots below.
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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.
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.