Aurora, COLO. - For many of us it's a moment that is frozen in time, the Aurora theater shooting. Today (7-14-20) marks the second anniversary of the tragic event in which 12 people lost their lives and another 58 were injured.
A special ceremony took place Sunday morning in Denver to commemorate a new memorial known as 'Hope Park'. In total, 13 trees were planted at the park.
As the community heals there are many stories of survival and remembrance to be told. Tom Sullivan lost his only son, Alex.
"And 7:20 which was the day he was born and the day he died," said Tom Sullivan.
Alex was celebrating his 27th birthday at the movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' sitting in the 12th row of the theater when the shooter struck. Since that fateful day, Sullivan has made it his life long mission to stop gun violence in the United States.
"There can't be fathers who continue to have to bury their sons the way I did that needs to stop," said Sullivan.
Many reflected on the second anniversary in their own way, including spending time at the Century 16 theater.
"He saved my life. I'm going to be here every year for the rest of my life," said Jansen Young.
Young was in theater nine with her boyfriend and victim, Jonathan Blunk.
"He pushed me down on to my belly and slid me underneath the seats and boxed me in, he put his body on the other side of me. He said there is a man in the movie theater shooting people, and then he stopped breathing," said Young.
The shooter is believed to be James Holmes. Holmes trial was scheduled to begin in October, but a psychiatrist conducting a second sanity examination on him in Pueblo, and asked for more time to finish. Holmes has pleased not guilty by reason of insanity.