Updated 07/20/2012 05:58 PM
Community, ACA victim's relatives reflect on Colorado shooting
It was just three years ago that the Binghamton community experienced a similar tragedy with the mass shooting at the American Civic Association. A gunman killing 13 people. Our Melissa Kakareka has reaction from a group that knows all too well: The pain and suffering that follow.
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- The recent shooting in Colorado wasn't far from many people's minds Friday as they headed to the movies.
"I don't know what this guy’s trying to do, like if he was trying to recreate the movie or something. I just think it a horrible tragedy and I feel sorry for the victims that were killed," said Michael Rumphh of Nichols.
"I have a 16-year-old daughter that goes to the movies all the time and it frightens me that she could get hurt just by going to a simple movie," said Dyschel Shelton of Vestal.
For many people in the Binghamton region, it’s a tragedy that they can identify with first hand. Binghamton also experienced a mass shooting back in 2009 when a gunman killed 13 people at the American Civic Association.
"It exactly brought up memories, it was like reliving it over again. The grief, sadness for the people that were killed just like here," said Rumphh.
"It’s ironic because this Sunday, I'm going to a groundbreaking observance for the people we lost in Binghamton in 2009 and I've been thinking about what I was going to say and I'll keep it brief, that we should be teaching our children that life is sacred," said David Marsland, whose wife was killed in the 2009 ACA shooting.
Family members of the ACA victims say they hope the Aurora community provides the same level of support that the Binghamton community did in 2009.
"I'm just grateful that when it happened, in our case, that I lived in a town where people were incredibly supportive. I had banana bread on my porch every day. I'm hoping the people in Denver will reach out to those people now and give them the support that they need," said Marsland.
As they continue to keep those who were lost or injured in Colorado in their thoughts and prayers.