Refugees, immigrants plan to honor theater victims


AURORA | Two days after the Aurora theater massacre, about 10,000 people gathered to remember the victims.

The sea of mourners packed the great lawn at the at the Aurora Municipal Center, just a block from the theater where 12 were killed and 58 injured.

Missing from the crowd, though, were members of north Aurora’s immigrant and refugee community, including many who lived just a short distance from accused shooter James Holmes.

Details about the vigil didn’t reach that segment of the community until after it was over, said Jenny Pool-Radway, program director for Aurora Mental Health Center.

Since missing out on the vigil, several in northwest Aurora have been looking for a way to honor the victims.

This weekend, they will host a “Peace Ceremony” for the victims, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Moorhead recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.

“They feel like they would like to do something as well,” Pool-Radway said.

The crowd is expected to mirror the neighborhood’s diversity, with Spanish, Burmese, Karenni, Karen and Somali interpreters on hand.

The event will also mark the unveiling of a mural that community members have been working on for several months. According to organizers, the mural “symbolizes what each community member brings to a neighborhood and the many visions of what it can be. Many hands and many brushes deliver one simple message: Community is unity.”