AURORA, CO (CNN/KUSA) -- Families of many Aurora theater shooting victims are telling the theater's owner, "no." They don't want to see a free movie in the theater complex where their loved ones died.
They say Cinemark invited them to the Colorado theater's reopening later this month for an "evening of remembrance" and free movie. Shooting victim Jonathan Blunk's cousin Jessica Watts says,"That is a blatant lack of respect for the families. They're looking to boost their own ticket sales for the grand reopening to the public. At the expense of 12 families who are heartbroken and at a loss."
Family members of several of the victims sent a letter to Cinemark criticizing the invitation.
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan released a statement saying, quote, "For some, the reopening of the theater might be painful, and for others, healing. That is why it is important for the victims and their families to have a choice whether or not they want to attend the reopening."