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Aurora marks two years since theater tragedy

AURORA, Colo. — It has been two years since the Aurora theater shooting and while the tragedy is bringing together the community, the man behind the mass shooting will be back in court Tuesday.

On July 20, 2012, 12 were killed and 58 injured in the mass shooting. A place where families loved going to movies has been remodeled and across the street there are 12 crosses honoring each of those who were killed at the Century 16 theater.

Names such as Veronica Moser Sullivan, A.J. Boik and Jessica Ghawi are people who will never be forgotten. Jonathan Blunk’s family and friends wore orange shirts because he was a big Broncos fan.

Not far away from the theater, a more formal ceremony led by Gov. John Hickenlooper dedicated the opening of Hope Park in honor of the victims.

A row of Austrian pine trees, tied with yellow ribbons, each bearing the names of the lives lost.

At Aurora’s Four Mile Historic Park, more than 500 came out for a craft beer fundraiser, remembering Alex Teves.

Teves loved his craft beer. The money raised goes toward scholarships at a school in Englewood for kids with learning disabilities where Teves was a counselor.

“People say to me, are you better?” said Tom Teves, Alex’s father. “I didn’t break my arm, you  know what I mean? So that’s probably not going to happen. But does stuff like this make it a lot easier? Yeah. It really helps lighten the load for at least four hours.”

And while the victims are remembered, James Holmes is due in court Tuesday. The judge will decide whether psychiatric evaluators at the state hospital can record Holmes. His defense team is hoping to bar the use of videotape.

The prosecution believes psychiatric evaluators should be allowed because it’s standard practice when deciding if someone is insane.

“Even if they’re allowed to video Mr. Holmes for the purposes of their evaluation, should the jury be able to see those videos, and it’s not clear,” criminal defense attorney Dan Recht said. “So he has multiple decisions to make in that regard.”

Earlier this month, a mental health examiner requested to perform a second evaluation that would take two months.

As of now a Dec. 8 trial date has been set.