Updated: 07/19/2013 5:33 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
The scene of the Colorado theater shooting
Photo: Photo: MGN Online
The Century 16 auditorium was packed - 421 men, women and children who had turned out for a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." When a bizarre figure, helmeted and clad in black, appeared before them in a cloud of smoke, they reacted with bemusement and amazement, shock and confusion and - finally - horror.
Twelve people died, 70 were injured, and more than 300 fled into the night and into the arms of loved ones.
A year later, the survivors cannot forget their terror, or the injuries they suffered, or their losses. But they search for meaning, and sometimes find it: the victims whose faith has strengthened; the father who lost his son but found a cause; the couple who believe that the anniversary of a hateful act can be transformed by love.
Here’s a look back at our coverage of the Aurora theater shooting on the one-year anniversary: