Vigils planned to honor Aurora shooting victims
Vigils are planned over the next few days to honor the five victims of the Aurora workplace shooting, while fundraisers have also been organized to help their families.
The City of Lights Community Prayer Vigil is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Sunday outside the Henry Pratt Co., 401 S. Highland Ave. It will be hosted by city officials, the Aurora Prayer Coalition, area churches and Crosses for Losses.
Big Life Community Church, 197 E. Washington St. in Oswego, will host a 30-minute prayer service at 5 p.m. Sunday, which is open to neighbors of all backgrounds and faith traditions, organizers said.
Indivisible Aurora is also planning a vigil at 1 p.m. Monday at the Water Street Mall, 44 E. Downer Place. It will include a moment of silence at 1:24 p.m. -- the time of the shooting Friday. Organizers say the event will also "make it clear we need gun reform now."
The group on Saturday also set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations for funeral expenses of the five victims. To donate, visit gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-aurora-victims.
The city of Aurora established the Aurora Strong Community Fund to assist families of those who lost their lives and were injured. To donate, visit gofundme.com/aurora-strong-community-fund.