I haven’t had the energy to put all my thoughts in order regarding the terrible events in the city that I grew up in, in a movie theater that I went to. This one hits closer then Columbine for me, as I moved to Colorado the year of the Columbine shooting.
I woke up on Friday morning, and grabbed my phone to check the weather and the news. When I read that there was a shooting in Aurora it didn’t even cross my mind that it was Aurora, Colorado until I saw the next article which stated the name of the state.
The AMC 16 was just down Chambers Rd from the house that I grew up in. The theater and the mall are about a 15 minute drive from my childhood home. And while as teens and young adults we preferred to go to the newer movie theaters built on the south side of town, we’ve seen quite a few movies at AMC 16.
I can’t even explain the numbness that I’ve been walking around with. My mother-in-law texted me that one of the victims was once a student of hers, a sweet girl who wanted nothing but to help others. Another one of the victims (Alex Sullivan) was a year younger that hubs and graduated from the same school. While D said that he had not knowing him personally, he had crossed paths with him in high school. What’s even sadder is that I knew his wife. Not closely, we went to school together, so I knew of her and had spoken to her a few times here and there. They were getting ready to celebrate their 1st year of marriage, and some idiot loner decided that he would take it into his own hands to stop these newlyweds from a wonderful life together.
This is the video from 9News.com, of the initial court appearance of the jackass who doesn’t seem to even care that he is more than likely to be faced with the death penalty. Thank God Colorado still has capital punishment as an option.
Personally, I believe that the death penalty is too simple of a get away for this asshole. However, I don’t believe that he deserves a life in prison that we would have to pay for with our tax dollars.
My heart goes out to all the victims, their families and friends. I’m heartbroken that I cannot be in my community doing something to help those in need.
Please hold your loved ones close, tell them you love them and make sure that you don’t go to bed mad. We never know when a psycho like this will decided to end more lives.