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Saying goodbye to Colorado dead

Aurora Colorado firefighters and police pray at the memorial for victims of the movie theater shooting.

DENVER — Mourners packed a Denver church yesterday for the funeral of a 23-year-old woman who was among the 12 people shot to death at a midnight showing of a new Batman film, and a judge clamped down on leaks of information about the accused gunman and the investigation.

The private, two-hour memorial for Micayla Medek ended with sobbing family members clustered around her flower-covered coffin, some softly singing You Are My Sunshine while others blew kisses after the hearse that bore her body away.

It was the second funeral in as many days for victims of the rampage at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora and ranks among the worst outbursts of US gun violence in recent years.

In addition to the 12 people killed in last week’s shooting, 58 others were wounded. Twelve victims remained hospitalised yesterday evening, five of them in critical condition.

Authorities have yet to offer a motive for the bloodshed.

Mysterious package

One clue under examination was a mysterious package that was delivered to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where the suspect, James Holmes, 24, had been enrolled as a doctoral student of neuroscience. The package was reported to contain a notebook detailing the shooting scenario.

According to a Fox News report, the parcel was addressed to a psychiatrist on the university faculty and included hand-drawn illustrations of the massacre with pictures of stick figures shooting at other stick figures. The psychiatrist was not identified. (Reuters)

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