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With song and prayer, Colorado shooting victims are remembered

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 2:10 PM EDT, Sat July 21, 2012
Cynthia Davis, center, visits the roadside memorial set up for victims of the Colorado shooting massacre across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on Monday, July 30, in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed in the theater early July 20 during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Suspect James Holmes was taken into custody shortly after the attack. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/gallery/colorado-theater-shooting/index.html' target='_blank'>More photos: Colorado movie theater shooting</a> Cynthia Davis, center, visits the roadside memorial set up for victims of the Colorado shooting massacre across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on Monday, July 30, in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed in the theater early July 20 during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Suspect James Holmes was taken into custody shortly after the attack. More photos: Colorado movie theater shooting
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Faith leaders gather near where the shooting took place to pray
  • A woman sings the Lord's Prayer, a moment of silence is held
  • President Barack Obama orders flags to be flown at half-staff

(CNN) -- Some residents of Aurora, Colorado, gathered in community, prayer and faith late Friday to honor the victims of a shooting inside a local movie theater.

"Today, we came to pray. Today we came to heal," said Rhonda Fields, a Colorado state representative.

"This is a very sad situation. I don't know about you, but I'm shaken. We have 12 people that lost their lives just behind us ... I don't know what else to do but to pray," she said.

Life and death decisions within Aurora theater

Fields spoke at an evening vigil that brought together various faith leaders, and which was held near where the shooting took place.

A woman sang the Lord's Prayer.

The public gets its first glimpse of James Holmes, 24, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting during his initial court appearance Monday, July 23. With his hair dyed reddish-orange, Holmes, here with public defender Tamara Brady, showed little emotion. He is accused of opening fire in a movie theater Friday, July 20, in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. More photos: Mourning the victims of the Colorado theater massacre The public gets its first glimpse of James Holmes, 24, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting during his initial court appearance Monday, July 23. With his hair dyed reddish-orange, Holmes, here with public defender Tamara Brady, showed little emotion. He is accused of opening fire in a movie theater Friday, July 20, in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. More photos: Mourning the victims of the Colorado theater massacre
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The Rev. Thomas Mayes, who helped organize the event, urged those there to pray and to not fall victims to the fear that violence can provoke.

Remembering the victims through photos

"This is a time when we come together. What I would like to see is for us not to wait for another tragedy to come together and to pray," he said, pausing for a moment of silence.

In Aurora, the agonized seek answers through faith

Candles appeared as night began to fall.

Elsewhere, in honor of the victims, President Barack Obama ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday.

He canceled campaign events Friday, telling supporters at what had been scheduled as a rally in Fort Myers, Florida, that "there will be other days for politics."

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"This will be a day for prayer and reflection," he said.

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