Aurora victims remembered at candlelight vigil
A man lights a candle as mourners gather at the fountain of Aurora Municipal Center after a prayer vigil for the 12 victims of Friday's mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater, on July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
(CBS/AP) AURORA, Colo. - Thousands gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of Friday's mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, to support the families of those killed or wounded, and pay tribute to the first responders who officials say prevented the tragedy from being even worse.
Sunday night's vigil closed out a day of prayer and remembrance for the 12 theater-goers who were killed and the 58 others who were wounded by a lone gunman.
President Barack Obama, who visited victims' families and survivors, cited Scripture as he spoke at a hospital where some of the wounded were being treated.
Congregations said prayers and sent out social-media appeals for neighbors who wanted to join in remembrance.
And the community joined to block a threatened appearance by protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, who announced on Twitter that they would attend the vigil.
After meeting with Mr. Obama, the brother of shooting victim Jessica Ghawi, Jordan Ghawi, wrote on Twitter, "Sat down with President Obama. He has been incredible. He ... has agreed not to mention the shooter's name."
The president said after his meeting, "I also tried to assure them that this perpetrator has received a lot of attention, that attention will fade away.
"In the end," Mr. Obama said, "what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy."
The prayers came in different languages, but the message was the same hope and faith in the face of unimaginable evil.
"You're not alone, and you will get through it," said the Rev. Kenneth Berve, pastor at Grant Avenue United Methodist Church and a witness to Friday's horrors.
Berve's 19-year-old stepdaughter Emma Goos was in the movie theater, and when Berve and his wife arrived to pick her up, they saw a horror they couldn't have imagined.
At another Aurora church, elderly members of an aging Presbyterian congregation within walking distance to the suspected shooter James Holmes' apartment joined in prayer, though none had ever met him.
At the church of the suspect's family in San Diego, signs inside asked for prayers for those in Colorado affected by the shooting and for Holmes' family.
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