The suspect in the Boulder, Colo. Mass shooting makes his first court appearance March 25 as the community mourns. They are still waiting for answers and the motive behind the violence.
“This is going to take time and we’re going to see justice prevail,” said Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.
The suspect, Ahmad Alissa, is set to make his first court appearance Thursday as questions mount over the motive.
“I just don’t know why he would choose this way to get his point across,” said Damien Cruz, a friend of Boulder shooting suspect.
There are renewed calls for action on gun control resonating from Colorado.
“We have mass shooting after mass shooting and congress has failed to act,” said Weiser.
It’s being heard in Washington with the Biden Administration echoing the call.
“If we really want something that is going to be lasting,” said Vice President Kamala Harris, “we need to pass legislation.”
Many Republicans argue that stricter gun laws are not the solution.
“I don’t think it would address this issue,” said Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
The mayor of Boulder says an assault weapons ban may have made a difference in his city.
“I can say it wouldn’t have hurt and probably would have helped,” said Mayor Sam Weaver.
His city is now home to growing memorials for the 10 community members lost to gun violence.
One of the victims of that shooting, Officer Eric Talley, is being remembered by the Catholic community he loved.
The decade-long police veteran was a regular visitor of St. Martin de Porres parish, located just across the street from the grocery store where he was killed.
Though he was not a parishioner there, he often took part in their events.
In a statement, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver says Officer Talley was “a man of character and strong faith, a loving father to seven children, a husband who cared deeply for his family, and a soldier for Christ.”
The officer’s mother, Judy Talley, also described her son as a “strong Catholic of deep faith.”
She says that over the past year, his job became increasingly difficult with people cursing and even spitting on her son.
“Why?! Why? My son gave his life to save those people,” said Judy, “He gave it all and the hate still continues. Oh God, help them.
Judy said she and her son spoke every day.