Aurora Man Lays Crosses

A local man honors the twelve victims and fifty plus survivors of the movie theater shooting.

Greg Zanis of Aurora, IL is best known for placing crosses outside of Columbine High School more than 10 years ago in honor of the victims of the infamous school shooting.

“I’ve been building crosses since 1997, for sudden death and anticipated death. My father- in- law was killed; I know what these people are going though, I suffered, for six months I didn’t eat, I lost 50 pounds. I can’t tell you what its like first off, to find the body, and secondly to be violated by having someone murder a loved one like that” said Zanis.

After the massacre that took place during midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Zanis returned to Colorado with a cross- to honor the life of each victim.

During his most recent trip her put up each cross, comforted loved ones, and prayed with Steve Hogan, Mayor of Aurora, Colorado.

“Just knowing that I am doing the right thing and honoring these victims in a public way. This isn’t just a memorial for each individual victim- this is a place where the public can go out and release” said Zanis.

Zanis makes each one of the three- and- a –half foot crosses, placing the name of the victim with a rose in the center.

Zanis is also in talks with Hogan to start a memorial fund, for those lost in this tragic event.


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