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Columbine families plan to reach out to Aurora shooting victims

• Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

Relatives of the victims of the Columbine school shooting in Colorado are planning to reach out to those who lost loved ones in the Aurora cinema rampage in the hope of supporting them through the dark days ahead.

Several of the families of the 12 school children and one teacher who were killed in the Columbine massacre have been discussing how to help Aurora’s bereaved families.

“We absolutely want to do something to support these families,” said Coni Sanders, daughter of Dave Sanders, a teacher who was the only adult to die  at Columbine. She has been in touch with three other Columbine families by email to discuss what they can do in the wake of the Aurora shooting where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded when a gunman opened fire at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

“The consensus is that we will reach out to them, and let them get back to us if they want to. We don’t want to be intrusive – it should be their choice to have us join them on their journey.”

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