Updated July 20, 3:50 p.m.: The outpouring from the community and from across the world in both the private sector and the entertainment world have been pouring in on Facebook and Twitter.
President Obama gave his statement earlier this morning, the Paris opening of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” has been canceled and celebrities pour out their thoughts on Twitter.
Morgan Freeman: R.I.P to the 12 people that got killed in midnight from Batman – Dark Knight Rises premiere in Colorado
Billy Ray Cyrus: “Oh no ! Just woke up and turned on the news “14 dead 50 hurt in Batman movie shooting”. Praying for victims. So sorry and sad.”
Eva Longoria: “My heart goes out to all the people affected in the Aurora, CO shooting. May God be with that town and their families… “
Katie Couric: “This shooting in Colorado is beyond horrific. Such upsetting news.”
Mario Williams: Heart and prayers go out to the victims in Colorado during the shooting at Dark Knight rises last night. #love#prayer#justice
The phone number to call for information for family members about the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting is 303 873-5292. If you have any information on the shooting or the shooter you are asked to call the Aurora Police tipline 303-739-1862.
Bonfils Blood Center is asking for blood donations, especially O negative, A negative and plasma. The need for donations will continue for many days, so if you can’t get in today you are asked to call 303-366-2000 to make an appointment or go to Bonfils.org
Children’s Hospital Colorado has set up a Family Support line at 720-777-2300 to help families who need advice or help finding resources related to the Aurora movie theater shooting incident. The line will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and callers will be asked to provide their contact information. A behavioral health specialist will return their call within 24 hours.
Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance is available for victims of this tragedy as well. Visit their website here for more information. http://www.coloradocrimevictims.org
At the request of Aurora PD, donations for the victims of the theater shooting can be mailed to COVA at 90 Galapago Street, Denver CO, 80223. For tracking they ask people to mark checks with “Aurora shooting” in the memo line. You can visit the COVA Facebook page here for more information.
A Facebook page has been set up to help get information out about the shooting here. Several memorial events are being posted on this page.
Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Jackson says there will be a prayer vigil planned tonight at 7:00 at the Aurora Municipal Building, 15151 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012.
Scott Davidson of Aurora has organized another candlelight vigil tonight July 20 at 8 p.m. at the theater itself. He says:
Let’s show our Aurora family love by wearing black or Gateway orange and holding a candlelight vigil for those families that are hurting right now. We will meet across the entrance opposite the theater in the large parking lot.
You can get more information about that gathering here.
There will be a prayer service at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic church tonight at 7 p.m., ASL Interpreted. Cross streets Arapahoe and Parker Roads with more information on their website at www.ourladyofloreto.org.
A community gathering and donation drive at the Thrive Community Rec Center is schedule for Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. That Denver event information is here.
Join with volunteers in a Project Linus “Blanket Blitz” Sunday in Parker or Littleton as they make blankets to comfort the kids who have been traumatized from this event.
The following vigils have been planned for the weekend via 9News:
- Aurora – 6 p.m. – St. Hispanic Pastors Alliance at 1566 Havana Street
- Aurora – 6 p.m. – Aurora Hills Baptist Church at 12800 East Alameda Avenue.
- Thornton – 8 p.m. – Webster Lake on 120th and Grant
The Children’s Hospital has posted a list of things to do to help talk to your kids about the Aurora movie theater shooting. “How to Talk to Your Kids About Aurora’s Movie Theater Shooting.”
Melissa Taylor from Imagination Soup gives these tips on how to help talk to your kids about tragedies in times like these. How to Help Your Kids Deal with the Colorado Shooting Tragedy. Denver Parent website also posted an article with ideas for parents here in an article titled Aurora Colorado Shooting: Hot to talk to your kids about it. Dave Taylor a local Boulder blogger wrote about talking to your kids from a dad’s perspective in his post Telling my kids about the Aurora Theater Shooting.
Continue to follow hashtags on Twitter #TheaterShooting and #AuroraShooting and the Facebook page here.
If you have other resources for the victims please post them in the comments below and we will help to spread the word.