‘‘It was strange but oddly reassuring,’’ said Tiffany Witt, 24. ‘‘The way it looks different—it gives us the feeling that we’re moving on from what happened.’’
Marcus Weaver struggled to keep his emotions under control as he walked through the multiplex lobby. On July 20 he was shot in the arm and his friend Rebecca Wingo was killed. Thursday night he had to stop and pray before entering the theater.
He was glad he did. Inside he saw the woman with whom he had shared a terrifying ambulance ride on July 20, and another woman from his church whom he hadn’t even realized had been in the auditorium that night.
‘‘There was so much love in that room, it conquered all the ill feeling I had,’’ said Weaver, 42, who wore a shirt bearing Wingo’s name and image. ‘‘The shooter, he can’t win. This community is way stronger.’’
Associated Press writers Nicholas Riccardi and Colleen Slevin contributed to this report.