Theater shooting victim's dad to attend reopening

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013
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DENVER (AP) — The father of a man killed in the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater says he will be present at the reopening, even though his daughter-in-law and relatives of some other victims are refusing to go.

Tom Sullivan wrote a column published in Friday's Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/auxoqn2 ) saying his son, Alex, would want him to be there.

Alex Sullivan was among 12 people killed in the July 20 attack in the Denver suburb of Aurora, which also wounded 70 people. James Holmes, suspected in the shooting, faces more than 160 counts including murder and attempted murder.

Holmes has not entered a plea. He is due back in court Monday for a preliminary hearing in which prosecutors will outline their case against him.

Alex Sullivan's widow, Cassandra Sullivan, was among 15 relatives of the victims who said the invitation from theater owner Cinemark to attend a reopening ceremony Jan. 17 was "disgusting" and insensitive.

The families on Wednesday released a letter to Cinemark criticizing the Plano, Texas-based company for not previously offering condolences and refusing to meet with them without lawyers.

"Our family members will never be on this earth with us again and a movie ticket and some token words from people who didn't care enough to reach out to us, nor respond when we reached out to them to talk, is appalling," the letter said.

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