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'Batman' Movie Massacre

Theater Steps Up for

Victims' Funeral Expenses

7/28/2012 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The theater where James Holmes opened fire last week, killing 12 people, is offering to pick up funeral expenses for the victims' families ... TMZ has learned.

Several funerals were held Friday in Aurora, Colorado -- one of them for Rebecca Wingo ... a 32-year-old mother of 2.

Sources close to Rebecca's mother tell TMZ, Cinemark -- corporate owners of the Century 16 Theater -- called the chapel where Rebecca's service was held ... and offered to foot the bill for her funeral.

In fact, the owner of the chapel says Cinemark told him it was willing to provide financial backing to all victims' families -- by paying any funeral expenses not covered by the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund.

Rebecca's mother, Shirley Wygal, turned down the offer and through a spokesperson told TMZ, the reason was that the Victims Advocate Fund paid for everyone's main funeral expenses.

The spokesperson told us, "Ms. Wygal is extremely grateful for all those who continue to donate to their family through a memorial fund and Rebecca's two little girls left behind college fund via the families website at AuroraHeroes.com which is not only made for Rebecca, but for all the victims of the tragedy ... Any and all additional funds will be transferred to the two little girls of Rebecca's college fund."

It's unclear how many funeral homes and chapels in Aurora got the same call. Cinemark hasn't returned our call for comment yet.

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46.

campy    

You mean to say Christian Bale hasn't done that already? What'd he go to the hospital for? The PR opportunity? To give the shooting victims the honor of shaking his hand?

782 days ago
47.

Elle    

Good to hear that Cinemark has offered this to the victims and their families. And to do so in such a private (non media, public) way. (Jesus said...) When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing Mt 6.3 "Its awesome to see and hear good from people, from such a tragedy. There are MORE good THAN evil...

782 days ago
48.

really! really?    

Cinemark's offer was kind and refreshing. If only this gesture was the norm for our society instead of the exception.

782 days ago
49.

remy    

guns should be outlawed. screw all those stupid butthurt republican douchebags who need guns to feel like a man

782 days ago
50.

Regina    

This is a nice gesture. Now I know why I always liked Cinemark.

782 days ago
51.

karlew    

This isn't an exclusive. I saw it on a reputable news website yesterday. You're a day late idiots.

782 days ago
52.

sillysusie    

Hello, it said she refused it because the funeral had already been paid for by somebody else. Do people not read stories before the comment on them.

782 days ago
53.

parkerra    

I'm not positive about this, but if the families accept anything from the theater does that negate their right to file suit against them? Regardless, it is gracious of the theater to make the offer.

782 days ago
54.

sillysusie    

Hello, it says she refused because somebody else had already paid for it. Do people not read stories before they comment on them?

782 days ago
55.

Really People?    

That was very gracious of them

782 days ago
56.

Ginger    

What a stand up thing to do. I can't think of anything more meaningful they could have done.

782 days ago
57.

mmn27    

I don't think you should call it the "Batman Movie Massacre" maybe the "Aurora theatre massacre" the franchise has already been dragged down enough by this ******* that killed and injured these innocent people. No need to tie them together even more

782 days ago
58.

Jennifer    

Can't people just look at this as a nice gesture on their part and let it go? Why does it have to be turned into something bad? What is the point in speculating an ulterior motive? Maybe they just wanted to help.

782 days ago
59.

Cujeaux    

This to cover up the fact they let a 6 year old into a midnight showing of a violent movie.

781 days ago
60.

Wtfsmh    

Well they should ! Rip to all the deceased my heart and sincere condolences go out to the families

781 days ago
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