Faith in humanity restored: Christian Bale visits Colorado shooting victimsPosted 11:46 pm on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 by Mike Villarreal
Today was the first day in court for the suspect of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. 24-year-old James Holmes could be looking at 12 counts of First Degree Murder and could possibly looking at charges of aggravated assault and weapons violations. Much gloom and despair have fallen over the town of Aurora, Colorado, but today smiles could be seen on many on faces, as Christian Bale made an unscheduled guest appearance at the Medical Center of Aurora.
Over the weekend, fans began rallying behind getting Bale to visit the town in order to help relieve some grief brought on by the shooting. #BaleOutAurora began trending worldwide over the weekend on Twitter, and many petitions began to spring up on the internet.
According to eyewitnesses, Bale arrived at 2pm in an ambulance and made his rounds throughout the building, spending nearly 3 hours meeting many of the victims and doctors at the hospital. Bale also met with some of the first responding officers, as well as the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper.
Bale notified officials that he wanted to meet the injured, but did not want the media to be notified. According to Bill Voloch, the Medical Center’s Interim President, all the staff and patients were more than happy that Dark Knight himself paid them a visit.
“It was good for the patients. We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming. The patients were really happy to meet Bale. They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”
It was originally requested that Bale arrive in his Batman attire, but many felt that it may be “too much, too soon” for the victims of the Colorado shooting. According to staff employee Bowman-Haye, Bale shook many hands and thanked the staff for all their hard work.
“He just said he wanted to come to thank all of us because he has been thinking about this. He knows the whole world has been thinking about this, he took it upon himself to come and thank us.”
Fellow staff member and avid Batman fan, Crystal Flateland, was especially surprised by Christian Bale’s appearance.
“I am probably one of the biggest Batman fans ever. It was amazing, actually, to get to meet him. I think it’s really great he came out here. It was touching.”
Following his appearance at the hospital, Christian Bale and his wife paid their respects at the memorial site, which has been set up across the street from the theater. Bale even held hands with fellow mourners and participated in prayer for the fallen victims.
Last Saturday, Christian Bale released a statement addressing the victims of the tragic theater shooting.
“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
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