CHICAGO (CNN) - Nearly six months ago 12 people were killed and 58 others were wounded during a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.
That same theater is reopening to the public this week.
Victims and their families have been invited to what the theater's owner calls a special "evening of remembrance" Thursday, and a free movie.
Naval Petty Officer John Larimer, 27, was one the 12 victims shot and killed on July 20. He died shielding his girlfriend from gunfire in that theater.
His father, Scott Larimer, is boycotting the re-opening.
"They didn't contact us directly, they went through another organization to invite us. The family, we got together and chatted about it and decided it wasn't appropriate for us to attend. We talked a little to some of the other families and agreed with them this was not the best way to handle the situation," said Larimer.
The suspect, James Holmes, is charged with a total of 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges.