AURORA, CO—Within hours of the shootings at a Colorado movie cineplex, Greg Zanis was on the way from his Aurora, Illinois, home to the scene in Aurora, Colorado.
He was bearing 12 crosses to commemorate the victims, just as he has done for thousands of other people killed in accidents and acts of violence since 1997.
Zanis spent the weekend lettering and erecting the crosses on a hill overlooking the theaters with curious bystanders looking on.
Zanis had done the same thing just a few miles away 13 years ago after the Columbine High School massacre. The coincidence of being back in the same area to remember the victims of another shooting rampage made Zanis angry.
The father of a Columbine victim tore down Zanis' crosses not long after he put them up. But so far, some of those drawn to the scene of Friday's shootings are approaching the crosses to pray and say goodbye.