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US shooting relatives blast theatre's invitation to re-opening

Published on Jan 3, 2013 5:52 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Relatives of victims massacred by a gunman in a Colorado movie theatre criticised on Wednesday an invitation to its re-opening as a "ridiculously offensive" publicity ploy.

Family members of nine of the 12 people who died in Aurora, outside Denver in July said the invitation's timing was particularly painful over the Christmas holiday, and called for others to boycott the "special evening of remembrance." "During the holiday we didn't think anyone or anything could make our grief worse," they wrote in a letter to movie theatre chain Cinemark.

"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 theatre in Aurora where our loved ones were massacred.

"Thanks for making what is a very difficult holiday season that much more difficult. Timing is everything and yours is awful."

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