Eyewitness News at 6pm, July 22, 2012

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M JENNIFER MOULLIET... AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

 

SUNDAY SERVICES IN AURORA, COLORADO, FOCUSED ON THE LONG HEALING PROCESS IN THE WAKE OF FRIDAY'S MOVIE THEATER MASSACRE.
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS SET TO MEET WITH VICTIMS' FAMILIES LATER TODAY... WHILE INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO BUILD THEIR CASE AGAINST THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER.
TERESA GARCIA IS IN AURORA WITH THE LATEST.
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((nats singing))

"lord have mercy ... "

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SUNDAY SERVICE AT AURORA'S COLORADO COMMUNITY CHURCH WAS SOLELY DEDICATED TO THE SHOOTING MASSACRE THAT HAS SHAKEN THE NATION.

ONE OF THE CHURCH MEMBERS -- 51 YEAR OLD GORDON COWDEN -- WAS KILLED IN FRIDAY'S ATTACK.

((sot)) Carol McAvoy /Churchgoer

"This is a good community, people love each other/ 52:50 it's just a tragic thing that happened."

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THE CONGREGATION ALSO PRAYED FOR THE ACCUSED GUNMAN - 24 YEAR OLD JAMES HOLMES.

((SOT)) Joseph Kambutu/ Churchgoer

james holmes has a mother and a father, who carry a very larger burden, so we forgive him too.

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ACROSS FROM THE CRIME SCENE, GREG ZANIS OF ILLINOIS PLACED 12 CROSSES -- ONE FOR EACH OF THE DECEASED VICTIMS.

HE DID THE SAME THING AFTER THE 1999 COLUMBINE SHOOTINGS.

((sot)) Greg Zanis/Illinois Resident

So hard to be back here. This is the second time (chokes up)

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Teresa Garcia, Aurora, CO

All around Aurora, people have been filling churches, turning to prayer to help make sense of the massacre. Meanwhile, the suspected gunman remains in solitary confinement - while the investigation continues.

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AUTHORITIES WANT TO KNOW HOW HOLMES GOT THE MATERIALS USED IN THE SHOOTING AND IN HIS APARTMENT. THEY ARE INVESTIGATING DOZENS OF DELIVERIES TO HIS HOME AND SCHOOL OVER A FOUR MONTH PERIOD.

((SOT)) Chief Dan Oates/Aurora Police Dept. (CBS/Face the Nation)

"We're building a case to show that this was a deliberative process by a very intelligent man who wanted to do this. "

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PRESIDENT OBAMA LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR AURORA THIS AFTERNOON. HE IS MEETING PRIVATELY WITH VICTIMS' FAMILIES.

THE SUSPECT IS EXPECTED TO MAKE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE MONDAY MORNING.

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HOLMES' APPLICATION TO JOIN A GUN RANGE WAS REJECTED LAST MONTH, WHEN THE OWNER WAS PUT OFF BY THE MESSAGE ON HIS ANSWERING MACHINE.
ELEVEN VICTIMS ARE STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. MORE HAVE INJURIES THAT ARE LIKELY PERMANENT.

 

 

 

EARLIER TODAY THE FAMED STATUE OF JOE PATERNO OUTSIDE BEAVER STADIUM ON PENN STATE'S CAMPUS.... WAS UNBOLTED FROM THE GROUND WHERE IT STOOD FOR YEARS...
COURTNEY LYLE HAS MORE ON THE STORY...
JENNIFER... CREWS WORKED IN THE MIDST OF ABOUT 150 ON-LOOKERS.... CHANTING THE WORDS "WE ARE PENN STATE"
THEY LIFTED THE STATUE OFF IT'S BASE USING A FORKLIFT... AND MOVED IT INTO BEAVER STADIUM.
THE UNIVERSITY CITED THE INVESTIGATION THAT FOUND THE LATE COACH... AND THREE OTHER TOP PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS.... CONCEALED SEX ABUSE CLAIMS AGAINST RETIRED ASSISTANT COACH JERRY SANDUSKY... AS THE REASON FOR THE REMOVAL.
ALSO... THE NCAA SAYS IT WILL HAND DOWN "CORRECTIVE AND PUNITIVE MEASURES" AGAINST PENN STATE.. TOMORROW AT 9 A-M.
I'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY... LATER IN SPORTS... JENNIFER.

 

 

 

THANKS COURTNEY...
CONVICTED MURDERER WARREN HILL IS SET TO BE EXECUTED WEDNESDAY... AND TOMORROW... AN ANTI DEATH PENALTY GROUP PLANS TO SHOW ITS OPPOSITION HERE IN MACON.

HILL HAD BEEN SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR SHOOTING HIS GIRLFIREND, WHEN HE KILLED HIS CELLMATE AND WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH.
HE HAS AN I-Q OF 70... WHICH IS IN THE RANGE OF SOMEONE WITH MENTAL RETARDATION.
IT'S AGAINST STATE LAW TO EXECUTE THE MENTALLY DISABLED... BUT THE DEFENDANT HAS TO BE PROVEN SO... BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT... AND HILL HAS NOT.
LAST MONDAY THE STATE BOARD OF PARDONS DENIED CLEMENCY FOR HILL... AND THE GROUP, GEORGIANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY... SAYS THAT WAS THE WRONG DECISION.
THEY WILL HOLD VIGILS IN 11 CITIES AROUND THE STATE TOMORROW TO SUPPORT HILL.

IN MACON... THE VIGIL WILL BE AT CITY HALL AT 6:30PM.
IN AMERICUS... IT WILL BE HELD AT THE POST OFFICE... OFF PRINCE STREET AND FORSYTH STREET AT NOON.
AND IN ATLANTA... THEY'LL MEET ON THE WASHINGTON STREET SIDE OF THE STATE CAPITOL AT 6:30PM.
FOR MORE CITIES AND TIMES... YOU CAN LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

 

 

 

THE N-A-A-C-P WANTS BLACK CHURCH LEADERS TO TALK TO THEIR CONGREGATIONS ABOUT H-I-V AND AIDS... AND THEY'VE DEVELOPED A MANUEL TO HELP THEM DO IT.
THE NATION'S LARGEST CIVIL RIGHT'S ORGANIZATION RELEASED THE 61-PAGE ACTIVITY GUIDE AT ITS JULY CONVENTION IN TEXAS.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GROUP SAY... IT'S A RECOGNITION OF THE IMPACT THE DISEASE HAS ON AFRICAN AMERICANS.
RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO HELPED WRITE THE MANUAL SAY BLACK CHURCHES HAVE BEEN HESITANT TO TALK ABOUT H-I-V AND AIDS... DESPITE ITS IMPACT ON THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

 

 

 

 

TWO WEEKS AFTER BEING CRTICALLY INJURED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT.... THE STEPSON OF HIP-HOP ARTIST USHER DIED SATURDAY.
WILLIE WATKINS FUNERAL HOME IN ATLANTA CONFIRMED IT WAS HANDLING FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR 11-YEAR-OLD KIRK GLOVER.
GLOVER WAS THE SON OF USHER'S EX-WIFE TAMKEA FOSTER.
THE BOY WAS HIT ON JULY 6TH...BY A SKI BOAT ON LAKE LANIER.
HE'S BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL SINCE THEN... WITH A MAJOR BRAIN INJURY.

 

 

 

A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS THAT OFTEN INFECTS BABIES IS MAKING A COME BACK.
NEARLY 18 HUNDRED CASES OF PER-TUS-SIS.. OR WHOOPING COUGH... HAVE BEEN REPORTED THIS YEAR TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.
THE C-D-C SAYS THAT'S THE HIGHEST RATE IN FIVE YEARS... AND MORE THAN DOUBLE LAST YEAR'S NUMBERS.
WHOOPING COUGH CAN CAUSE POTENTIALLY FATAL-EATING... DRINKING... AND BREATHING PROBLEMS.
WHILE CHILDREN AND BABIES ARE AT THE HIGHEST RISH... NEW DATA ALSO REPORTS A SPIKE AMONG TEENS.
IT CAN BE PREVENTED WITH A VACCINE.. BUT NEWBORNS CAN'T GET THE FIRST DOSE.. UNTIL THEY ARE AT LEAST TWO MONTHS OLD.

 

 

 

ONE LOCAL GROUP SPENT THE DAY SEARCHING FOR HOMES FOR THEIR RESCUE DOGS.
ALL ABOUT ANIMALS SET UP SHOP AT THE HOLIDAY INN OFF OF ARKWRIGHT ROAD IN MACON TO ENCOURAGE ADOPTIONS... THEY EVEN OFFERED CAR WASHES AND A CORVETTE CAR SHOW.
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Mary Crawford: "We hope to get some adopted today."

IN AN EFFORT TO FIND HOMES FOR SEVERAL DOGS... INCLUDING THIS LITTLE GUY. nats "this is marty"
ALL ABOUT ANIMALS HELD A BENEFIT.
WHITNEY EVANS WORKS WITH ALL ABOUT ANIMALS... AND FOSTERS MARTY.

"he spent most of his life in a crate and when we first got him he wouldn't come out of the crate at all he coward in the back."

MARTY WAS PART OF A FORTY DOG HOARDING GROUP... AND EVANS RESCUED HIM FROM A JONES COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER.

now look at him, he's come a long way he's a really great dog he's house trained, he's potty trained he loves to cuddle he's good with other dogs and he's just one of the many great dogs that have been rescued."

SHE SAYS MACON IS OVERPOPULATED WITH DOGS...
"One dog can create litters and litters litters of puppies and they just keep reproducing and breeding and same with cats."

AND THE SHELTER IS BUSTING AT THE SEAMS.

"There are a ton of dogs here that are very well adjusted they've just been abandoned, lost or they just never had a home and you know we euthanize here every single week the rescue groups here fight tooth and nail to try to get as many out as we can before there time is up but it's just a matter of time."

EVANS SAYS SHE HOPES SHE CAN FIND A GOOD HOME FOR MARTY...

"He has to be able to sleep in the bed, because he likes to sleep kind of in your nook all night so i'll keep him at my house until we find that for him because he deserves it."

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THE COST TO ADOPT FROM ALL ABOUT ANIMALS IS $150 FOR DOGS AND $100 FOR CATS.
THOSE FEES INCLUDE UP TO DATE SHOTS... AS WELL AS SPAY AND NEUTERING.
FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CALL... 478-621-5116... AGAIN THAT'S 621-5116

 

 

 

THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON ARE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY.. AND ONE AMERICAN EVEYONE IS SURE TO HAVE AN EYE ON.. IS MICHAEL PHELPS.
ANDERSON COOPER TALKS THE MOST DECORATED OLYMPIC CHAMPION EVER TONIGHT ON 60 MINUTES.
YOU CAN WATCH THAT ENTIRE INTERVIEW TONIGHT RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES AT 7.

 

 

AFTER A KENTUCKY MAN DIED... HIS FAMILY MADE IT THEIR MISSION TO DO A GOOD DEED FOR UNSUSPECTING WAITERS.
AARON COLLINS DIED EARLIER THIS MONTH.. .AND IN HIS WILL.... HE SAID HE WANTED TO LEAVE A 500-DOLLAR TIP FOR A PIZZA SERVER.
AARON'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS FULFILLED THE REQUEST... AND HIS BROTHER, SETH, TOOK A VIDEO OF THE DONATION AND PUT IT ON YOUTUBE.
THE VIDEO WENT VIRAL AND DONATIONS STARTED POURING IN.
THIS VIDEO ACTUALLY SHOWS THE SECOND 500 DOLLAR GRATUITY THE FAMILY WAS ABLE TO GIVE AWAY BECAUSE OF ALL THE DONATIONS.
THIS SECOND WAITRESS WORKS THREE JOBS, WHILE GOING TO SCHOOL... AND SHE WAS WORKING A DOUBLE SHIFT THE DAY THEY SURPRISED HER WITH THE CASH.
SO FAR MORE THAN 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DONATIONS HAS POURED IN.
THAT'S ENOUGH TO SURPRISE A SERVER EVERY WEEK FOR TWO YEARS.

 

 

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HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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