AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- Survivors of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut gathered with dozens of supporters Friday in a suburban Denver park to honor those killed in the massacre at an Aurora movie theater almost a year to the day after the attack.
Vigil participants read a list of names of those killed in recent gun violence around the nation and talked about the pain of losing loved ones as they called for strict federal gun control laws.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns helped sponsor the vigil.
The scene was somber, even as about 100 gun rights activists held a protest nearby to oppose new firearms restrictions as infringements on Second Amendment rights.
The victims' names were being read until 12:38 a.m. Saturday, the moment that the shootings began in the theater last year.