Victims of the Aurora theater shooting may be allowed to go back inside

AURORA, Colo. - Victims and witnesses of the Aurora theater shooting may be allowed to go back inside the theater.

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s office sent an email to the victims on Thursday telling them the news, according to an exclusive report by ABC News.

“The theater remains concerned about the Victims’ and Witnesses’ well-being and is open to the possibility of potential visits to the theater,” the email read. 

It instructs victims on how to get more information about the potential visits, but there are no dates or times given.  The email said representatives of Cinemark, owners of the Century 16 theater, asked the district attorney’s office to relay the information.

The Laders are both former Marines, who served in Iraq.

They agreed their military experience helped them survive the shooting because they knew to get out fast. But they said that same experience also taught them that not all injuries are physical.

“We’ve dealt with trauma before. You can either face it head on, or you can have it hit you years later," said Jacqueline Lader.

"It's not going to be pretty,” said Jacqueline Lader, “but I don't want my perception of it to live in my head, and for it to be bigger than it actually was.”

12 people were killed and 58 others were injured in the shooting rampage in July. James Holmes is in jail being held on 152 charges.

Last week, Cinemark President and CEO Tim Warner said the Century 16 will be renovated and reopened sometime around the end of the year.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan sent this statement last week about the reopening of the theater:

"I am pleased the victims, families of the victims, our community and others had a chance to share their thoughts and feelings concerning the future of the theater.  The responses indicate overwhelming support to reopen the theater with renovations.  The theater has been a valued part of our community for many years, and just as they have been all along, I am confident Cinemark will continue to remain sensitive to victims, their families, their employees and our community throughout their process of remodeling and reopening.

"We will always remember those who lost their lives and the many others impacted that day.  While no one will ever forget that day, this is another step in the community’s healing."

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