July 20, 2012

(Denver) – Members of the Aurora delegation in the state House of Representatives reacted to this morning’s massacre at an Aurora movie theater with a call for public prayer, offers of assistance and thanks to the first responders who prevented an even higher death toll.

State Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) invited the public to a prayer vigil tonight at 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, across from the Theaters (Sable & Exposition), 14071 E Exposition Avenue, Aurora, CO 80012.

“As a mother and survivor of a murder, I am horrified, shaken, and distressed over this enormous loss,” said Rep. Fields, who lost a son in a gang-related shooting in 2005. “I will do everything possible to support the families, friends and community members who have been impacted.”

“After the shock and sadness comes a determination to do something to help,” said State Rep. Su Ryden (D-Aurora). “I’m working with Mayor Hogan to coordinate our response. I’ll be writing a check to a fund for the victims and their families as soon as it’s established, and I’ll do whatever else I can to help. And I’ll be asking – is there anything we could have done to prevent this tragedy?”

“I want to express my gratitude to our emergency personnel for their superb response to this heartbreaking violence,” said State Rep. Nancy Todd (D-Aurora). “The Aurora Police Department acted quickly to take the suspect into custody, and the medical personnel in the ambulances and at six area hospitals saved many lives today.”

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” said State Rep. Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver), the House minority leader. “Today we are all Aurorans.”

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