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Holmes Appears in Court as Rampage Victims Honored

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Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes showed almost no emotion when he appeared in court Monday, sporting reddish orange hair.

The 24-year-old is facing multiple charges for the shooting rampage that claimed the lives of 12 people and injured 58 others.

Authorities say the twenty-something, who sat staring down in the courtroom, has been uncooperative with investigators.

"He's not talking to us," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oatesf said.

Holmes is scheduled to be formally charged next Monday.

Meanwhile, thousands gathered in Aurora, Colo., for a prayer vigil honoring those victims.

"We are a family in Aurora," Mayor Steve Hogan said. "We are good hard-working people who believe in the goodness of our fellow man. We are coming together as a family would."

Darrel Wilmoth, pastor of Frontpage Calvary Church in Denver, was in an adjacent theater when the shooting spree began. He gave his account of Friday's tragedy on "The 700 Club," July 23. Click play for his comments following CBN News' report.

Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke the names of the 12 dead, and 12 times the crowd responded, "We will remember."

Although the city is in mourning, through laughter, tears and prayer, they're beginning to heal.

"One day, Lord, we know that our city will march back into that theater and we'll claim that theater back, Father God, 'cause it doesn't belong to terrorists, it belongs to the city of Aurora," Rev. Robin Holland, with Living Hope Baptist Church in Aurora, prayed.

On Sunday, President Obama met with victims who survived and offered support to the families of those who didn't.

"You know, Scripture says that 'He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning for the former things have passed away," the president said.

"And when you have an opportunity to visit with families who have lost their loved ones, I come to them not so much as a president but as a father and a husband," he continued.

"I think that the reason stories like this have such an impact on us is because we can all understand what it would be to have somebody that we love taken from us in this fashion, what it would be like, and how it would impact us," he said.

Meanwhile in California, members of Penasquitos Lutheran, the Holmes family's church, are trying to grasp what happened. They say the young man they knew had goals and plans for his life.

"I assume something must have snapped, but I don't know that," Senior Pastor Erry Borgie said of the suspected gunman. "This is just so absurd and so out of character from my understanding of this young man and the way he lived his life."

There are still no answers to why this happened. How did 24-year-old Holmes go from an articulate Ph.D. student to a mass murderer, methodically taking down his innocent victims?

"He didn't snap," Aurora Police Psychologist John Nicoletti said. "He thought it through, planned it, had weapons of choice."

Survivors remember that night of terror. But best friends Carey Rottman and Pierce O'Farrell said they choose to focus on the fact that they're both alive -- something they say is no accident.

"The worst part for me was thinking my buddy had passed away. I mean he just married my wife and I three weeks ago!" Rottman said.

"The Lord's decided that He's going to keep me around!" O'Farrell said. "I keep it pretty simple: I get out of bed every day and thank Him for another day, and I just let Him lead the way. And He's led me so far."

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