AURORA - Over 3,500 people, including first responders and victims of the theater shooting, were at a special service Wednesday night.
The Potter's House Denver invited Bishop TD Jakes, a nationally recognized pastor, to give a special sermon. Ashley Moser was in the crowd. She is the mother of the youngest victim who was shot and killed. Ashley was paralyzed.
For the first time since the shooting, the community saw Stephon Moton. He is a 19-year-old who was in theater 9 with his brother when the gunman came in.
Moton was paralyzed from the neck down. On Wednesday, his mother, brother and sister along with several of his church friends were laughing and joking before the service started. Stephon, like many other victims, has been through a lot in the last year. But despite it all, he can still smile and says he is happy to alive.
The evening started with Senior Pastor Chris Hill recognizing the first responders along with Ashley Moser and Stephon Moton. Hill talked about the pain of that night, but recognized that an entire community has pulled inspiration for them.
Hill said they will forever be among the heroes from that night. Bishop TD Jakes assisted Hill in lighting candles to remember the victims. After every candle was lit, there was a moment of silence and a prayer that followed. Bishop Jakes prayed with the crowed and said the darkness of July 20th will never take the light away from the people of Aurora.
The mayor of Aurora, city council members and other elected officials were also at the service Wednesday night.
The pastor says he wants everyone to know that the city of Aurora and the victims of July 20th will never be forgotten in prayer.