Tamara and her 7-year-old son, Isaac, place a flower on each cross memorializing the Colorado movie theater shooting victims.
AURORA, Colorado -- For days, people have left balloons, candles, and flowers at a makeshift memorial across from the theater in Aurora, Colorado where 12 people lost their lives in a shooting. But today that memorial grew, thanks to people who know very little about those it represents.
Twelve crosses stand in honor of those killed in Friday's theater shooting. Each bears the name of a life lost. Behind the crosses is a line of orange bears in honor of those who were injured.
"Seeing those crosses really breaks your heart. It's rough," said Laura Muellner.
It was quiet and calm as dozens of people gathered to mourn. Some people left stuffed animals, others left hats. Tamara and her 7-year-old son, Isaac, placed a flower on each cross.
"In memory of these people. To remember these people who deserve to be alive," said Tamara Meza.
She said this tragedy is a teaching moment. "Every choice that we make, makes a difference, every single choice."
Dennis Thomas and his wife, Doretha, also don't know anyone affected by the shooting, but Dennis considered a few of them family. He's retired army.
"It really hurts that he gave his life, still in uniform, but not in the role he was trained to do," said Thomas. He left a flag at the cross of military member Jon Blunk. It's the flag that was given to him when he retired.
"We have not forgotten them. They may not have fallen in a combat scenario, but they are still our military, they are still our brothers in arms."
While many came here as strangers, they left united as one community -- brought together by a tragedy -- staying together for those who lost loved ones too soon.
"We love them and we support them and we feel so very sorry for what they've had to go through, and what they've lost, and we'll do anything to help them," said Muellner.
The man who brought the crosses traveled 16 hours from Aurora, Illinois. He did the same thing after the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.
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