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The staff at West Theatre in Craig prepares a soda and popcorn during Friday’s screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” During a midnight screening of the movie in Aurora, an assailant unleashed gas canisters and gunfire on the audience, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

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Craig residents, movie fans react to Aurora tragedy

In the days leading up to Friday, Craig resident Shane Hadley was heavily anticipating the release of one of the summer movie season’s biggest events. Like many movie fans, Hadley couldn’t wait to learn the fate of one of the most beloved fictitious characters in “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third installment of the Batman trilogy. Once the big day came, he was horrified to learn of an incident that would forever be tied to the saga and leave him and countless others thinking of those who would never get the chance to view the film in its entirety.

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