EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSColo. Theater Shooting Victims Remembered One Year Later
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Also Contributing: CNN
Reported: Jul. 20, 2013 5:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 22, 2013 4:28 AM EDT
One year after a gunman killed 12 people in an Aurora movie theater, the city is marking its losses with solemn moments and a continuing debate over the place of guns in society, CNN reported.
Tom Sullivan was part of an observance at a state park Friday, where volunteers read aloud thousands of names of victims of gun violence.
His son, 27-year-old Alex Sullivan, died in the Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012.
"A guy walked into a movie theater with a 100-round drum, and one second my son was watching a movie and the next second he was dead," Sullivan said.
The ceremonial reading, which lasted more than 10 hours, ended at 12:28 a.m. Saturday, the moment when the shooting began one year earlier.
The event was part of the "No More Names" bus tour, sponsored by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Meanwhile, in Dayton, an Ohio man who died while protecting his girlfriend during the shooting was remembered by family and friends.
Matthew McQuinn, 27, jumped on his girlfriend to protect her from the bullets when the shooting broke out. He died. She survived.
The Dayton Daily News reports that McQuinn's family was invited to a day of remembrance in Aurora but decided to spend Saturday together at their Springfield home.
The family said it's been a long, hard year and that the shooting is never out of their minds.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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