Colorado cinema shooting victims' relatives angered by 'remembrance'
Relatives of victims massacred by a gunman in a Colorado cinema have criticised the owners for inviting them to its reopening, saying it was a "ridiculously offensive" publicity ploy.
The families of nine of the 12 people who died in July in Aurora, outside Denver, said the invitation was particularly painful over the Christmas holiday and urged others to boycott the "special evening of remembrance".
"During the holiday, we didn't think anyone or anything could make our grief worse," they wrote to the cinema chain. "But you, Cinemark, have managed to do just that by sending us an invitation two days after Christmas.
"Thanks for making what is a very difficult holiday season that much more difficult. Timing is everything and yours is awful."
There was no immediate response from the cinema chain.