Boulder Star lit for 10 days to commemorate shooting victims

Boulder Star lit for 10 days to commemorate shooting victims
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Officials in Boulder, Colo., announced that the Boulder Star on Flagstaff Mountain will be lit for 10 days to commemorate the 10 people killed in Monday's grocery store shooting.

“As we mourn yesterday’s tragic loss of life, the @BoulderChamber will light the Boulder Star for 10 days in honor of each victim and to demonstrate a shared commitment to support their families,” the City of Boulder Twitter account wrote Tuesday.

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When the star was lit on Monday, Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver tweeted, “Please take a moment and look to the star in hope of a future in which these horrific events are a distant memory. And let us commit to making such a future a reality.”

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As the Denver Post notes, the star is usually only used to commemorate holidays and was last used on Jan. 10.

On Monday, a gunman shot and killed 10 people at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, including one police officer. The suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. A motive for his attack has not been shared by authorities.

"Tonight, as we mourn for the victims of today’s senseless acts, we light the Boulder Star in their honor and in our shared commitment as a community to the support for their families," the Boulder Chamber wrote on Monday, adding that the star would also honor the first responders who arrived at the scene on Monday.

On Wednesday, Weaver shared on Twitter that President BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE had called him earlier that day, writing that Biden "was clearly pained by our losses, and offered any resources we need."