12 people were killed and a further 58 were injured at a screening of the final chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films during a midnight showing at the Century 16 cinema in the suburb of Aurora. According to witnesses, suspect James Holmes appeared at the screening wearing a gas mask and set off an explosive device before opening fire on the audience.
Both Kiss and Motley Crue – who are currently on tour together in North America – pledged to donate the large sum of money during their show on Wednesday night (August 8) in Denver, near to where the shooting happened.
In a written statement, Paul Stanley of KISS and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue said that they hoped their gesture would encourage other people to give money to those affected by the disaster.
Following the heartbreaking news of the senseless shootings in Colorado we wanted to do something to help the families and victims. We bonded together with our tour partners and friends Kiss to donate money, but we also hope it inspires others to do the same, no matter how big or small.
Meanwhile, Stanley added: “The terror these innocent victims of the Aurora massacre must have experienced and the profound loss their families now face is unimaginable. We hope that our small gesture helps inspire others to band together in compassion and financial support for all involved in this unspeakable tragedy.”