One year later, Aurora community reflects on Henry Pratt Company shooting

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AURORA, Ill. — One year ago, five people died when an employee, about to be fired from his job from Henry Pratt Company opened fire inside of an office.

The mass shooting on February 15, 2019, rocked the city of Aurora.

By the time the gunman was shot and killed by police, he’d not only killed five people but shot and injured six others, including another Pratt employee and five Aurora Police officers.

A year later, while the victims’ families continue to mourn their loved ones death, those injured work to heal.

Officer Marco Gomez is still not back to work. His physician therapy is in its final stages before he is cleared to return to his police job.

Aurora’s Art and History Center has an exhibit detailing the shooting and its aftermath running throughout the month of February. It is open every Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

On Saturday, the city comforted the victims of the mass shooting at the new exhibit.

"February 15th, 2019 will forever be remembered as one of the most tragic days in Aurora’s history,” Mary Clark Ormond with the Aurora Historical Society said.

It’s a place for grieving family members, friends and members of the community to pay their respects.

I wanted to come out today because I feel like there’s still a part of me that needs to grieve over this,” Hailey Holst said. "Trevor has been a huge part of our lives.”

The exhibit will run through the end of the month.

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