Updated: Survivors of Aurora Theater Massacre, Families Of Victims, Newtown Families, And Faith Leaders to Hold Remembrance Event in Aurora Marking One-Year Anniversary Of Shooting

Jul 18, 2013, 10:00 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Participants to Read Names of Thousands of Americans Killed By Gun Violence, Hold Moment of Silence for Aurora Victims at 12:38 a.m. When Shooting Occurred

Event is Part of "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" Bus Tour; www.NoMoreNames.org


AURORA, Colo., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, July 19th, survivors of the Aurora theater massacre, families of victims, several Newtown families, gun violence prevention advocates, and local faith leaders will gather in Aurora, Colorado to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater that killed 12 people and injured another 70. They will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action, urging America's leaders to take meaningful action to reduce gun violence nationwide.

After a press conference featuring remarks from this group, participants will read the names of thousands of gun violence victims from across the country. This will last until 12:38 a.m. on Saturday, July 20th, when there will be a moment of silence at the exact time of the July 2012 shooting.

Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country. "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" is part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns' ongoing, national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America – and most importantly, to urge elected officials to prioritize the safety of the people they represent.

What:  Remembrance Event to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Aurora Theater Shooting


- Stephen Barton, survivor of the Aurora theater shooting
- Tom Sullivan, 27-year-old son Alex was killed in the Aurora shooting                   
- Carlee Soto, sister Victoria was killed in the Newtown shooting
- Jane Dougherty, sister Mary Sherlach was killed in the Newtown shooting
- Coni Sanders, father Dave Sanders was killed in the Columbine shooting
- Rabbi Joseph R. Black of Temple Emanuel
- Pastor Del Phillips of the House Worship Center

Where: Smoky Hill Shelter
Cherry Creek State Park (East Gate)
4201 S. Parker Road
Aurora, Colorado 80014

When: - Friday, July 19th at 12:00 p.m. MT: Press Conference
(Press should arrive at 11:30 a.m.)

- Friday, July 19th from approximately 1 p.m. to Saturday, July 20th at 12:38 a.m. MT: Reading of names of thousands of gun violence victims.

- Saturday, July 20th at 12:38 a.m. MT: Exact time of shooting one year ago – moment of silence to be observed.

For interview requests in advance and on-site, please contact Stacey Radnor at 202-870-6668.

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 950 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.  The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation's mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

The coalition includes 13 member-mayors from Colorado: Golden Mayor and Mayors Against Illegal Guns Colorado Chairwoman Marjorie Sloan; Boulder Mayor Matthew Appelbaum; Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock; Englewood Mayor Randy P. Penn; Lafayette Mayor Carolyn Cutler; Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy; Louisville Mayor Robert Muckle; Manitou Springs Mayor Marc A. Snyder; Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach; Northglenn Mayor Joyce Downing; Salida Mayor Don Stephens; Superior Mayor Andrew Muckle; and Telluride Mayor Stuart Fraser.

Alex Katz: akatz@maig.org or 617-721-3779
Stacey Radnor: radnor@homefrontdc.com or 202-870-6668
Stefanie Clarke: sclarke@virgocommunications.com or 303-941-4844

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns