On Sunday, churches in Aurora, Colorado prayed for those killed and wounded in Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater, and extended support to family members, survivors and the community at large. 12 persons died and police are still investigating the motives of the suspect, James Holmes, 24, who had recently dropped out of a graduate program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Denver.
Pastor Mitchell Hamilton of the Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church told the Associated Press, "As a community, there is a great sense of mourning, there is a great sense of loss, and there is a great sense of trying to figure out, how do we process this. And so part of our role as a faith community is to begin to give answers to the questions people are asking."
"This is a time to pray for them, to show our support, and to tell them that we love them and we are with them, not only by heart but truly in presence and in their prayers," Father Mauricio Bermudez of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church said.