Murder Victim's Mother Holds Prayer Vigil

Archbishop Also Holding Special Mass

The mother of a murder victim hosted a prayer vigil on Friday evening.

Rhonda Fields invited people to pray for the victims, families and the community affecting by the deadly shooting at the opening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a theater in Aurora on Friday morning.

The vigil was held held at Kaiser Permanente, across the theater complex at 7 p.m.

"Today, we came to pray. Today we came to heal," said Fields. "This is a very sad situation. I don't know about you, but I'm shaken. We have 12 people that lost their lives just behind us ... I don't know what else to do but to pray," she said.

The Rev. Thomas Mayes, who helped organize the event, urged those there to pray and to not fall victims to the fear that violence can provoke.

"This is a time when we come together. What I would like to see is for us not to wait for another tragedy to come together and to pray," he said, pausing for a moment of silence.

One of those who attended the vigil was the father of a Columbine shooting victim.

"We've been there. We understand," said Tom Mauser. "God did not send us to this Earth to be on the sidelines."

Fields' son, Javad Marshall, and his fiancée, Vivian Wolfe, were killed in 2005 by people trying to prevent Javad from testifying at a murder trial.

Shortly after Javad and Vivian’s deaths, Rhonda was instrumental in helping lawmakers pass a bill requiring police, victim’s assistance and prosecutors to make contact with and to help protect witnesses who may be in danger.

In 2010, Rhonda Fields ran for and won a seat in the state legislature.

At the Queen of Peace Roman Catholic church in Aurora, a few miles from the shooting, more than 1,000 mourners gathered Friday evening for a memorial Mass. Newly installed Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila told mourners dabbing their eyes, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

He said, "The heart of our Father is stronger than the bullets that killed 12 people."

Special Mass

The new archbishop of Denver, Samuel Aqila, will offer a mass at 5 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, at 13231 E. Kentucky Avenue in Aurora.

The mass is for victims and families of the Century 16 theatre shootings.

This church seats 1,200 people and is located one block north of Mississippi Ave. and Uvalda across the street from Aurora Hills Middle School.

Sunday at 6:30 p.m. there will be a prayer vigil in front of the Aurora City Hall. Governor and mayor will speak.

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