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Colorado Rockies in Aurora Shooting Tribute: 'We Remember 7-20'

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  • A memorial is seen for victims on a hillside behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012. A day after a gunman opened fire at a packed midnight showing of the new "Batman" film in a Denver suburb, killing
    (Photo: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
    A memorial is seen for victims on a hillside behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012. A day after a gunman opened fire at a packed midnight showing of the new "Batman" film in a Denver suburb, killing 12 people and wounding 59 more, police on Saturday prepared to neutralize explosives in the suspect's booby-trapped apartment. The suspect has been identified by police as James Eagan Holmes.
By Jim Gardner, Christian Post Contributor
July 21, 2012|8:04 pm

The Colorado Rockies have paid tribute to the Aurora shooting victims, with a moment of silence held at Petco Park.

Before Friday night's game in San Diego, the Rockies put the date "7-20" on their eye black, and the team hung a jersey on their dugout that read "We Remember 7-20."

Rockies owner and CEO Dick Monfort told MLB.com: "I've reached out to University Hospital where a lot of the injured went and offered anything, not knowing if there is anything we can do. Our thoughts and prayers go out. That's really all we can do, pray for the families of those that lost somebody and those that have a family member that is in critical or any kind of condition."

The alleged shooter in the Aurora, Colorado massacre has been named by police as James Holmes. Holmes allegedly went on a mass shooting spree in a Colorado movie theater killing 12 and injuring 58 others, who were watching the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." An initial portrait of the killer is now starting to emerge.

Holmes lived in an apartment building in Aurora about five miles from the shooting location at the Century 16 movie theater.

The FBI has revealed Holmes is a white male who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 24 years old. His birth date is Dec. 13, 1987.

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Authorities have found no significant criminal record and no terrorist affiliations connected to Holmes, and investigators believe he acted as a lone gunman, with no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved.

No motive for the shooting has yet emerged, and an initial look into Holmes' background has not revealed any reason why he may have committed such an atrocity.

Police have confirmed eye witness reports that Holmes was wearing a bullet proof vest and a gas mask at the time of the shooting, and was carrying three weapons with him when he was arrested, with one other handgun found inside the theater that he also allegedly used.

Holmes reported to police upon his arrest that his apartment may have explosives in. Authorities have since reported that the apartment was booby-trapped with explosives when they went there to investigate. Trip wires and bottles of ammunition, and bottles of a mysterious liquid have also been found inside. As of Friday evening investigators and bomb experts were still trying to find a safe way to nullify the bomb threats and enter the apartment on foot. It is also reported that the FBI has about 100 agents currently assisting the investigation.

 

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