Jul 20, 2013 1:06 AM by Jennifer Horbelt
AURORA, CO- In the shadow of the Century 16 theater where the unthinkable, a mass shooting, happened a year ago, a makeshift memorial has been set up by a man who traveled 1,000 miles, and from all places, Aurora, IL.
The memorial is the handy work of Greg Zanis, who worked for three long days to finish 12 crosses in time for the one year anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting.
It is a labor of love and a reminder of where he says the victims left this earth. He did something similar after Columbine, and says the family members appreciate the gesture.
"It gives her hope that she's gonna' see her daughter in heaven again. And, you know, it's real simple, a very simple message that this is a terrible loss, but to me, when I look at these crosses, I know that this is where the soul left," Greg Zanis told News 5's Rob Quirk.
Family members have been by to see the crosses. Zanis says they've drawn inspiration as well. He plans to make them available to family members after Saturday's remembrance.
Other people came by on Friday evening, the eve of the one year anniversary, to pay their respects, pray and light candles. It is important to them that the 12 killed and those injured are not forgotten.