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Long-Awaited Guilty Verdict in Aurora Theater Shooting Trial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 16, 2015

Contact: Tara Ballesteros – tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743 

 

Washington, DC – Despite a long and difficult process for the victims of the Aurora Theater shooting, a guilty verdict has been reached. Though the jury’s decision offers victims accountability, it does little to restore what they have lost. 

“The National Center for Victims of Crime continues to stand with and support the survivors of this atrocity. It is our hope that with the conclusion of the trial, they can now fully focus on their own healing. Three years after the incident, victims still have a variety of overwhelming, unmet needs. For that reason, and at the request of those in the theaters that night as well as their surviving family members, the Aurora National Compassion Fund will remain open,” commented Mai Fernandez, the Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

The National Center for Victims of Crime activated the National Compassion Fund in advance of the trial. Founded by the National Center for Victims of Crime along with 70 parents/family members of murdered children from some of the worst massacres in U.S. history – 9/11, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple and Newtown – the National Compassion Fund was established as a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly. 

Unlike other charitable funds, 100% of donations are distributed directly to the established victim base of these terrible tragedies. All donations for the Aurora National Compassion Fund will go directly to those in Theater 9 and those injured in Theater 8 as designated by the already established victim base for the trial. Text SURVIVOR to 84465 or visit NationalCompassionFund.org to donate. 

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The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For almost 30 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.