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Aurora theater shooting: Second anniversary to be remembered with beer festival, other events

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Alex Teves at the Copper Kettle Brewing Company.
When Kristen Kozik, who owns the Copper Kettle Brewing Company with her husband, first heard about the horrific shooting at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, she never imagined she'd know someone involved. It wasn't until the authorities released a list of the twelve people killed that she realized that one of the brewery's regular customers, 24-year-old Alex Teves, was among those who had died.

"As soon as we found out, we wanted to do something for his family," Kozik says. It's a tradition they've kept up -- and this year, on the second anniversary of the shooting, Copper Kettle will host "A Night to Remember," a beer festival in Alex's honor.

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The festival will take place on Sunday, July 20 at Four Mile Historic Park from 4 to 8 p.m. It will feature beer from twenty breweries, including Copper Kettle, Great Divide Brewing Company, River North Brewery and Avery Brewing Company. Several food trucks, including Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs and Basic Kneads Pizza, will also be there, as will a live bluegrass band. Tickets are $25 ($15 for designated drivers) and all proceeds benefit the ACT Foundation, a charity set up by Teves's parents that provides scholarships for students with special needs to attend the Humanex Academy, where Alex was a mentor.

Alex was one of Copper Kettle's first customers and one of the first members of the brewery's Mug Club. Copper Kettle still has the mug he earned for drinking fifty beers.

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Alex Teves's mug at Copper Kettle.
"He was a huge craft beer drinker and just a wonderful guy," Kozik says.

In 2012, Copper Kettle hosted a benefit for Alex in their tasting room and donated all of the proceeds to a charity of his parents' choice. The following year, on the one-year anniversary of the shooting, Copper Kettle moved the festival outside to the parking lot and invited other local breweries and food trucks to take part.

Continue for more from Alex's mom, Caren Teves.



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Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Not just tacky but downright discriminatory. When it comes to commemorating tragedy, "real Americans" only care if the victims were predominately white or incidents of terrorism/massacres, the perps are NON-white. (Notice how self-proclaimed "anti-notoriety" activists are conveniently silent when pressed on 9/11.) Other than black civil rights groups, you don't see much commemoration of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and "real Americans" don't give so much as two shits about endless massacres south of the border or the poor, minority kids who die every day in urban ghettos resulting from gun violence and the War On Some Drugs. Instead, "real Americans" often bash the victims, branding them as nothing more than "thugs" and "illegal invaders" (even/especially the children). Somebody had to say it.

MentallyFit
MentallyFit

Mentally ill Americans worshiping a mass killing. We did the same thing after 9/11....You do realize that people over-seas, especially real terrorist, think that we are pathetic for letting these events control us so easily....It has become quite nauseating....And it also ensures that it will happen again....

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

...& in real life, I'm just not going. So there's that.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

What better way to commemorate the gun-massacre of two years ago than by getting really drunk?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Is that place in Rifle with the staff/customers wearing guns putting one of these events on?

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

She blocked me? Criminy. If someone doesn't agree then by all means blocking them will solve the problem. She complains about the rich people in Colombine then brags on her FB page about selling her office building.

Tamara Munroe
Tamara Munroe

Look at my place of employment, I love beer. But this is really tacky.

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

Well, it was advertised on the internet, so... and you are complaining about "complaining" as well here on the internet...

Stephen Handler
Stephen Handler

You're making a real difference though, by complaining about it on the internet

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

Why not raise $$$ for anti-rape charities at a beer party advertised as the anniversary of someone's rape?

Renee Ortiz
Renee Ortiz

Everyone lives near the community that this happened in. And everyone will live near the next county that this happens in. Yawn.

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

The proceeds from tickets will be...not the alcohol & food sales.

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

In this case, yes it is. Just promote raising $$$ for the charity and leave the shooting anniversary out of it.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Looks like Clara deleted her grotesque comment.

Stephen Handler
Stephen Handler

Raising money for a charity that provides scholarships for students with special needs is tacky?

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

I hear its free pizza night at Chuck E Cheese every December 14th.

Stephen Handler
Stephen Handler

".... all proceeds benefit the ACT Foundation, a charity set up by Teves's parents that provides scholarships for students with special needs to attend the Humanex Academy, where Alex was a mentor."

Stephen Handler
Stephen Handler

If she wasn't so stupid she could have read the article: "Tickets are $25 ($15 for designated drivers) and all proceeds benefit the ACT Foundation, a charity set up by Teves's parents that provides scholarships for students with special needs to attend the Humanex Academy, where Alex was a mentor."

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Nothing is more tacky than the beer festival and your insults are not appreciated. Goodby jerk.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Ben, that's not what I said at all. Don't even go there. I live near that community and it happened by my work. Everyone in Colorado was deeply saddened by the massacre. Let me simplify it for you. I am saying that throwing parties after massacres is a shallow attempt at making people feel better and is a waste of time and money. I think addressing the sickness of immorality and inhumanity that caused the boys to carry out murder, would be a better way to memorialize the dead children. How about if the millions spent on the Columbine memorial was instead, donated to treat adolescents with mental health problems? The fancy memorial isn't helping anybody and will not prevent a future massacre. On the other hand, obviously mental health treatment for these twisted kids might prevent a future massacre.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Clara Madrid your comments here are more tacky than the beer festival.

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

Maybe some of the Open Carry nut jobs will show up!

Mark J Pastika
Mark J Pastika

Yeahhhhh! Let's celebrate killers to!!!! Hooray Nathan Dunlap!!!!!...O_o

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

I wish people would stop commemorating and celebrating massacres. I cringe every year when they do the Columbine bruhaha. Donate to an organization that promotes peace or protest against irresponsible gun ownership. The expensive memorials and memorial parties are meaningless. The Columine kids were morally bankrupt right off the family tree. Parties and celebrations are the last thing that community needs, the first thing is the recognition of humanity regardless of income. Yup, I said it, Columbine is an elitist community in my opinion and they worship materialism.

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

Tasteless....as....fuck. How about a Columbine themed prom?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

The Baggies can't claim to be a Christian nation while turning their backs on refugee children. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@MentallyFit Your post makes it clear you could use a 72 hour hold yourself.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, if both ways bob was running it, he'd serve conservative candy, meth.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

We could call it "Conservative Day."

ItAppearsThatWay
ItAppearsThatWay

@muhutdafuga Crazy to me is turning mass killers into superstars and transforming the entire country into a police state to the benefit of foreign terrorists....

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@ItAppearsThatWay @muhutdafuga But if you were to get an advanced degree in Psychology, you would learn that believing things that aren't true....like conservatives listening to fauKKKs......is what is diagnostically significant for "crazy."

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@MentallyFit @muhutdafuga You mean the list of assault weapon of mass destruction (You know, the offensive weapons Liberals want to ban) carrying right wing gun freaks like J. (R)eagan Holmes, where some lying cultist claimed the gun freaks were peace loving Liberals?  Or are you talking about this list:

At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a 7,000-pound truck bomb, constructed of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and nitromethane racing fuel and packed into 13 plastic barrels, ripped through the heart of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion wrecked much of downtown Oklahoma City and killed 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center. Another 500 were injured. Although many Americans initially suspected an attack by Middle Eastern radicals, it quickly became clear that the mass murder had actually been carried out by domestic, right-wing terrorists.

The slaughter engineered by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, men steeped in the conspiracy theories and white-hot fury of the American radical right, marked the opening shot in a new kind of domestic political extremism — a revolutionary ideology whose practitioners do not hesitate to carry out attacks directed at entirely innocent victims, people selected essentially at random to make a political point. After Oklahoma, it was no longer sufficient for many American right-wing terrorists to strike at a target of political significance — instead, they reached for higher and higher body counts, reasoning that they had to eclipse McVeigh's attack to win attention.

What follows is a detailed listing of major terrorist plots and racist rampages that have emerged from the American radical right in the years since Oklahoma City. These have included plans to bomb government buildings, banks, refineries, utilities, clinics, synagogues, mosques, memorials and bridges; to assassinate police officers, judges, politicians, civil rights figures and others; to rob banks, armored cars and other criminals; and to amass illegal machine guns, missiles, explosives and biological and chemical weapons. [Each of these plots aimed to make changes in America through the use of political violence.] Most contemplated the deaths of large numbers of people — in one case, as many as 30,000, or 10 times the number murdered on Sept. 11, 2001.

Here are the stories of plots, conspiracies and racist rampages since 1995 — plots and violence waged against a democratic America.

Aug. 18, 2013
David Allen Brutsche, 42, and a woman described as Brutsche’s roommate, Devon Campbell Newman, 67, are arrested in Las Vegas after a months-long investigation into an alleged plot to kidnap and execute police officers. Both Brutsche, a convicted felon and registered sex offender, and Newman consider themselves “sovereign citizens” and have conducted recruiting seminars on sovereign ideology, officials say. Authorities say they intended to kidnap a police officer at random, detain the officer in a crude jail in a vacant house, “try” the officer in a “common-law” court, then execute the officer. The two are charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and attempted kidnapping. Newman pleads guilty in December 2013 to conspiracy to commit false imprisonment, a misdemeanor, and is sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to have no contact with Brutsche. Brutsche, who renounces sovereign citizen ideology during court proceedings, pleads guilty in February 2014 to conspiracy to kidnap police officers and receives five years’ probation. In a separate case involving failure to register as a sex offender, he receives 188 days in jail in addition to time served.

March 27, 2014
Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, is arrested in Katy, Texas, by FBI agents who say he was about to rob an armored car. He is alleged to have been plotting to use C-4 explosives and weapons to rob banks and armored cars, blow up government buildings and mosques, and kill police officers. Prosecutors say he is behind a Facebook page called “American Insurgent Movement,” on which he posted antigovernment screeds, called for violence against public officials, and ranted about Muslims and LGBT people. He used the page to attempt to persuade others to join his cause. Talbot faces federal charges of attempted interference with commerce by robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of an explosive material. The FBI opened an investigation into his activities in August 2013 after learning of his alleged desire to recruit others into terrorist activities.

April 13, 2014
Frazier Glenn Miller (aka Frazier Glenn Cross), 73, a longtime racist and anti-Semite, is arrested after a gunman opens fire at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. Three people are killed, including a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather. Miller, a retired Army veteran and Green Beret, is the founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, which he ran as paramilitary organizations in the 1980s. He was successfully sued by the SPLC for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and for using intimidation tactics against African Americans. Miller went underground in 1987 after he violated the court settlement and was convicted on criminal contempt charges. He was caught and served three years in federal prison on weapons charges in connection with plans to commit robberies and assassinate SPLC founder Morris Dees. As part of a plea deal, he testified against other Klan members in a 1988 sedition trial.

June 8, 2014
Jerad Miller, 31, and his wife, Amanda, 22, enter a pizza restaurant in Las Vegas, Nev., where two police officers are eating lunch. Jerad Miller fatally shoots officer Igor Soldo, 31. As his partner, Alyn Beck, 41, tries to react, Miller shoots him in the throat, then both Millers shoot Beck several times. The pair leave a swastika and a Gadsden flag on Beck’s body. The yellow flag, a symbol used by the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, features a coiled snake with the words “Don’t Tread On Me.” On Soldo’s body, they place a note: “This is the start of the revolution.” The couple leave the restaurant and walk to a nearby Walmart store, where Amanda Miller shoots and kills Joseph Wilcox, 31, before the Millers barricade themselves in the back of the store. Jerad is shot to death by police, and Amanda kills herself. The couple held strong antigovernment views. Jerad Miller’s Facebook page contained calls to impeach President Obama as well as statements about conspiracy theories popular among Patriot groups. Weeks earlier, the pair had been present at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada, where militias had gathered in an armed standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over a grazing fee dispute. The Millers perceived law enforcement as “oppressors” and reportedly told neighbors they planned to kill police officers.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@MentallyFit @muhutdafuga Or is this part of the list you refer to:

Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. and Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence both of Washington, D.C. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican Congressman Donald “Buz” Lukens of Columbus, Ohio was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio of Burke, Virginia was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen of Colorado Springs. Colorado was convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

Republican activist Randal David Ankeney of El Paso County, Arizona pled guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane of Illinois had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@MentallyFit Or does your list give the names of republicans blocking gun control measures designed to keep guns out of the hands of the conservatives (based on their behavior) that you lie about being peace loving people wanting to ban the very guns that are such republican fetish items?

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