Tragedy In Aurora

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Monday, July 23, 2012 - 9:01am

Mourning continues as theater massacre suspect prepares for first court appearance.

Colorado theater massacre suspect James Holmes will make his first court appearance this morning.

Holmes was arrested after allegedly shooting 70 people, killing 12, inside an Aurora, Colorado theater during the premier of "The Dark Knight rises" early Friday morning.

The former neuroscience student will be arraigned in the Arapahoe County Courthouse, not far from where he's being held.

More than 10,000 people gathered to honor the victims Sunday evening.

Among the dead were a 6-year-old girl, a Navy sailor, an Air Force reservist and two young men who died shielding their girlfriends from bullets.

"Millions are with us to share burden of grief at this moment," Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan told mourners.

President Obama addressed a grieving community and talked privately with families of the victims.

"My main task is to serve as a representative of this country, to let them know we are thinking of them every day," President Obama said.

James Holmes will be advised of his rights and the judge will set a date for the formal filing of charges during his court appearance.

It's the start of a legal process that may take months.

The defense will likely argue whether Holmes is mentally competent.
 

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