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Theater shooting relatives turn down 'disgusting offer'

The families said they were invited to an 'evening of remembrance' at the Aurora, Colorado theater, followed by a movie.

By Dan ElliottAssociated Press / January 2, 2013

People gather outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting early July 20, 2012.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo.

Relatives of the majority of people killed in a Colorado movie theater are rejecting an invitation to attend its reopening, calling it a "disgusting offer."

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The parents, grandparents, cousins and widow of nine of the 12 people killed released a letter Wednesday sent to the theater's owner, Cinemark. The Plano, Texas-based company has been renovating the Aurora theater and plans to re-open it Jan. 17.

The company had no immediate comment.

The families said they were invited to an "evening of remembrance" followed by a movie. They said the company also had "awful timing" in sending the invitations two days after Christmas.

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