City, history museum move temporary Aurora theater shooting memorial

Items will be archived by Aurora History Museum

AURORA, Colo. - The city of Aurora has removed the temporary theater shooting memorials located at the Aurora Municipal Center fountain and at Sable Boulevard and Centerpoint Drive.

The spontaneous memorials, including flowers, white crosses, stuffed animals and notes left by the public, honored the 12 people killed and 58 wounded at a midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora.

City spokeswoman Kathy Cable said victims' families were consulted before the memorial items were removed Thursday morning and itemized by a team of city staff and volunteers. The work was supervised by the Aurora History Museum.

"Families will still have access to the items, at their convenience, at a secured location, provided by one of the community partners," Cable said. "The white crosses, which stood at the memorial site, will be delivered (to family members) or stored, whichever is preferred by the family members."

"On behalf of the Aurora community, many thanks to all those who visited the temporary memorial and left flowers, toys, words of comfort and other items reflecting sympathy and love.

City officials said it was coincidence that the memorial was removed on the second-month anniversary of the shooting and a day when the accused shooter, James Holmes, is making an appearance in court.

Cable said the history museum’s executive director, Jennifer Kuehner, is supervising the archiving of all the items.

Inorganic items were boxed and labeled for storage. Organic items, like flowers or wreaths, were taken to be mulched and recycled for used in city parks.

The condolences and banners will be put on display in the lobby of the city’s Municipal Center at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.