Friends Gather To Honor Aurora Shooting Victims

Steve Miller
February 19, 2019 - 6:00 am

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AURORA (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Outside the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, there's a memorial: flowers, candles — and five crosses.

People came by, some with flowers. They paid their respects. Then they left.

One woman stayed for several minutes, wiping tears away as she stood in front of the memorial, remembering one of the victims, Vicente Juarez.

"He was very funny.  I joked around with him every month," said Nicole Pena.

Once a month, Pena's job checking fire extinguishers took her to the same Henry Pratt building where Juarez worked. 

"Every time I'd come in he'd honk the horn on the forklift and say, 'Hey, Nicole!' whether he was halfway across the warehouse or he'd ride alongside me and ask how my month was (and) ask how I was doing because it had been a whole month since he'd seen me," she said. He was a very sweet guy.  It's going to be very hard now to just not see him; it's going to be a lot different."

Pena was supposed to be there on Friday, but was delayed at a previous job site. She said something prevented her from leaving and she had to stay longer than usual.

That was fortunate for her, but she still lost her friend Juarez.

Rob Katzberg also visited the memorial. He was there thinking of the 21-year-old intern who died, Trevor Wehner.

"I just talked to several people (who were) saying it's such a weird feeling that when they were all applying for the internships (and) this place was on the list," Katzberg said. "And it could have been any of us."

Friends and members of the community paid their respects to the victims of the Aurora shooting. (Steve Miller/WBBM)