Boulder prepares to mark a painful milestone — a year since the King Soopers shooting

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Flowers and messages, some spiritual and some political, at the makeshift memorial outside King Soopers on Boulder’s Table Mesa Drive, a week after a gunman opened fire in the store March 22, 2021, killing 10 people.

Memorial events are planned across Boulder over the next few days to mark one year since a mass shooting at a local King Soopers store.

Ten people died on the afternoon of March 22, 2021, when a gunman opened fire at the Table Mesa King Soopers store, about 2 miles south of the University of Colorado campus.

“It’s a profound moment for our community,” Mayor Aaron Brockett said. “So at the memorial … I’m hoping that we can come together and mourn together but also offer a chance for community and healing, so we can be with our neighbors and be with our friends and it can be a moment where we can all help each other.”

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A memorial for Eric Talley outside the Boulder Police Department. March 18, 2022.

Among the shooting victims was Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, the first law enforcement officer to arrive on the scene. On Friday a Boulder patrol car was parked in front of the police department at 1805 33rd St. in Talley’s honor. The public is invited to visit through Tuesday evening. Any items left in the officer’s memory will be given to his family or kept by the police department.

The city of Boulder has announced several other events, all of which will take place on Tuesday:

  • 2 p.m.: A Line of Duty Death commemoration will be held at the police department. It’s open to the public and can also be streamed at here.
  • 2:30 p.m. A citywide moment of silence will be observed 
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m.: A communitywide Day of Remembrance gathering at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell, near the intersection of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard in downtown Boulder. 

Tuesday’s forecast for Boulder includes snow, and all events will take place regardless of weather. City officials recommend taking alternate methods of transportation like buses, bikes or walking.

The Boulder Strong Resource Center at 2935 Baseline Road will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with counseling, massage, acupuncture and other services. 

“Anybody can walk in. You don’t need an appointment,” said spokeswoman Kristina Hernández Schostak, noting studies show people often don’t recognize the need for help until one to three years after a traumatic event. “If you’re just starting to feel it now you’re not alone.” 
The remodeled Table Mesa King Soopers, which reopened in early February, will be closed Tuesday.