Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are among those on site in Aurora, CO, where a gunman opened fire last week in a theater full of moviegoers.
Last Friday’s shooting, which took place during a showing of the new Batman movie, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, left 12 dead, 58 injured, and many more affected.
"Words can't begin to describe the pain of this situation," reported Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT). "We are grieving alongside the families of those killed and wounded in this senseless and horrific tragedy. Please pray for all of those who have been affected. We will be there to offer emotional and spiritual care, and the hope and compassion of Jesus Christ, in the aftermath."
According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which founded RRT in the aftermath of 9/11, chaplains were already in Colorado responding to wildfires in and around Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. This allowed them to respond immediately to the shooting in Aurora.
Nationwide, the Billy Graham RRT network comprises chaplains across 47 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. Previously, RRT chaplains have deployed following shootings in areas including Tucson, AZ (2011); Maryville, IL (2009); Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA (2007); and others.
Published: July 25, 2012