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Aurora Victim’s Father Will Support Theater Reopening

His op-ed comes after several victims’ relatives — including his son’s widow — called Cinemark’s invite a “disgusting” and “thinly veiled” publicity stunt.

Tom Sullivan, the father of slain “Dark Knight Rises” moviegoer Alex Sullivan, will attend the reopening of Century 16. And he wants the rest of Aurora to join him.

Tom, right, with his son. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

The op-ed was a response to the protests by some victims’ relatives — including Alex’s widow Cassandra — of Cinemark’s invitation to the pre-reopening reception. They felt the invite was poorly timed and “ridiculously offensive.”

In his letter, Sullivan does not address the appropriateness of Cinemark’s invite, but says the theater reopening is the first step in rebuilding the community. But while he urges others to join him, he acknowledges that he is “firmly in the middle” and “will never tell anyone what is the right way or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one.”

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
 
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