March 18, 2022: Pain – and healing – a year after the Boulder King Soopers shooting.

March 18, 2022
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Flowers and messages at a makeshift memorial outside the King Soopers on Boulder's Table Mesa Drive, a week after a gunman opened fire at the store on March 22, 2021, killing 10 people. There's now a portrait exhibit at the Museum of Boulder to connect community and to foster healing and resilience.

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March 18, 2022: Pain – and healing – a year after the Boulder King Soopers shooting.

Jen Douglas had just gotten a COVID shot at the Table Mesa King Soopers and was waiting in the parking lot for a ride to work when she heard a series of loud, sharp noises. She felt terror as she saw the gunman race past her into the store. 

Victim advocate Craig Christopher was at his day job for a transit company when the first alert of a mass shooting came over his phone. When a second alert appeared he headed home, knowing he would be called on to help. He has spent the last year working with the families of two people who lost their lives.

In all 10 people died on March 22, 2021. A number of memorial events are planned in Boulder Tuesday to mark the mass shooting.

Douglas and Christopher are among 70 people whose portraits are featured in “Boulder Strong: Still Strong, Remembering March 22, 2021” an exhibit of photographs and memorabilia from that day and the ensuing year, at the Museum of Boulder. It was conceived and created by photojournalist Ross Taylor.

The three share their stories of trauma and healing on today’s Colorado Matters.