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Colorado license plate would honor theater shooting victims

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 17:51:55-04

AURORA (AP) — Campaigners for a new Colorado license plate option hope to honor victims of a theater shooting.

The campaign by nonprofit organization Aurora Rise needs 3,000 signatures to start the process of obtaining state approval for the license plate, The Aurora Sentinel reports.

The organization was established following the July 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora. James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded numerous others inside the theater.

The license plate would raise funds to benefit the state’s Victim Compensation Fund.

The fund receives money from fines collected as a result of felony, misdemeanor, and some traffic offenses. Taxpayer dollars do not supplement the fund.

A draft design of the license plate shows a blue ribbon signifying victim’s rights and the phrase, “We Rise.” The draft also features 13 stars in the sky, which the organization said represents the 12 people and one unborn child who were victims.

Aurora Rise’s website said the group will continue to support victims of the shooting. Additional funds from sales of the proposed license plate would benefit crime victims in the state needing assistance.