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Signs of sad times

Signs and banners are a huge part of the public memorial site for the 12 killed and dozens injured in the shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colo. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Many of the signs and banners are fading after recent rainstorms, including this one for shooting victim Jesse Childress, but more are still being added.  (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Visitors to the memorial say their handwritten messages seem more heartfelt, and have more staying power, than tweets and Facebook postings. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
People carry a cross to be placed next to a memorial set up across the street from the Century 16 movie theater where the mass shooting occurred on July 20. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Kristin Britt, Annabelle Britt and B.J. Britt walk past a cross adorned with photographs of victims of the mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater. James E. Holmes, 24, is accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 others during a shooting rampage at the theater at a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
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