Stephen Barton attends a memorial for the victims of the 2012 Aurora mass shooting held at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora on Friday.
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One year ago, a hail of gunfire interrupted a midnight screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., sending theatergoers scrambling for cover. Twelve people were killed and 70 others wounded in the mass shooting.
The city of Aurora on Saturday was holding a day of remembrance to honor the victims, beginning with a community gathering on the lawn outside the city's municipal center. Also planned was a short ceremony of songs and prayers and remarks by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Colorado Gov. John Hicklenlooper.
An artist's sketch of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, from an April court appearance.
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James Holmes on Monday formally changed his plea from not guilty to "not guilty by reason of insanity" for the July 20, 2012, movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and an additional 70 injured.
Holmes' lawyers had said last week that the young man would be doing this.