Relatives of movie theatre shooting victims reject 'disgusting' invite to reopening
Police are positioned outside the Century 16 movie theatre at the scene of a mass shooting that left 12 dead and dozens wounded, in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012. (AP / Ed Andrieski)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013 5:16PM EST
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Relatives of the majority of people killed in a Colorado movie theatre are rejecting an invitation to attend its reopening, calling it a "disgusting offer."
The parents, grandparents, cousins and widow of nine of the 12 people killed released a letter Wednesday sent to the theatre's owner, Cinemark. The Plano, Texas-based company has been renovating the Aurora theatre and plans to re-open it Jan. 17.
The company had no immediate comment.
The families said they were invited to an "evening of remembrance" followed by a movie. They said the company's timing was "awful" in sending the invitations two days after Christmas.