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Family of Colorado Mass Shooting Victims Pen a Nasty Letter to Movie Theater

Twenty-five-year-old James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 inside a Colorado movie theater. Families of the victims are devastated by Cinemark's request for them to attend the re-opening of its theater.

Colorado Mass Shooter James Holmes

As the public prepares to hear the gruesome 911 phone calls, see video recordings, and hear heart-wrenching testimonies during the prosecutors hearing next week for the Aurora, Colorado, mass shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others, the family members of the victims penned an anguished letter to Cinemark — the company that owns the movie theater where their loved ones were gunned down.

Cinemark sent letters to the families, inviting them to “a special evening of remembrance” before the theater reopens on Jan. 17. The families of eight victims were infuriated by Cinemark’s invitation and sent a letter to the company calling the gesture “disgusting.”

Here’s the family’s response to the invitation: “During the holiday we didn’t think anyone or anything could make our grief worse but you, Cinemark, have managed to do just that by sending us an invitation two days after Christmas inviting us to attend the re-opening of your theater in Aurora where our loved ones were massacred. Thanks for making what is a very difficult holiday season that much more difficult. Timing is everything and yours is awful... We would give anything to wipe the carnage of that night out of our minds’ eye. Thank you for reminding us how your quest for profits has blinded your leadership and made you so callous as to be oblivious to our mental anguish.”

Holmes is facing 166 counts of murder, attempted murder, and a slew of other offenses. He expected to seek the insanity defense in the case.

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