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Mourners Hold Vigil in Aurora for Victims

Hundreds gather near cinema
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2012 5:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mourners and members of the clergy attended a candlelight vigil last night in the parking lot across the street from the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colo., reports the LA Times. “I want you to see all the reverends and pastors praying for our community. We cannot allow these tragedies to lock us up in fear," said the Rev. Patrick Dimmer. As the hot temperatures of the day dropped, more people joined the vigil, swellings its numbers to more than 300 before disbanding at 9:30pm.

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"I wanted to do something to help," said an 11-year-old boy sitting on a nearby fence, holding a sign dedicating prayers to the lost. "I've been out here all day. Just waving.” At a Catholic church close to the shooting, Denver's new archbishop comforted more than 1,000 mourners who showed up to Friday evening mass, according to the AP, saying "the heart of our Father is stronger than the bullets that killed 12 people." (Read more Aurora, Colorado stories.)

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