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Theater invite upsets Aurora victims' families

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  • Relatives of Colorado shooting victims receive invitation for theater's reopening
  • Theater had been closed since July 20, 2011, massacre

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The relatives of nine victims killed in last year’s Aurora, Colorado, theater shootings have rejected an invitation by Cinemark USA to attend the theater's reopening later this month.

The group, the Families of the Aurora Cinemark Theatre Massacre, said Cinemark USA sent an invitation for the families to attend a "special evening of remembrance" followed by a movie on January 17.

"During the holiday we didn’t think anyone or anything could make our grief worse," the group wrote in a letter. "But you, Cinemark, have managed to do just that by sending us an invitation two days after Christmas inviting us to attend the re-opening of your theater in Aurora where our loved ones were massacred."

Read more: Letter to Cinemark from victim's families (KUSA)

The group went on to write "This disgusting offer that you'd like to invite you and a guest to a special evening of remembrance on Thursday, January 17 at 5 p.m." followed by the showing of a movie and then telling us to be sure "to reserve our tickets is wholly offensive to the memory of our loved ones."

The group closed out its letter thanking Cinemark for "reminding us how your quest for profits has blinded your leadership and made you so callous as to be oblivious to our mental anguish."

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Cinemark announced in September that it planned to renovate the theater where the shootings occurred. The families of some of the shooting victims have sued Cinemark.

The theater had been closed since a gunman opened fire in the crowded Century 16 during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, 2011. James Holmes faces murder charges in the shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 others wounded.

Would you attend the event? Is Cinemark trying to do the right thing for victims' families. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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