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Greg Zanis, Illinois Man, Brings Crosses To Colorado For Second Time

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Greg Zanis, of Sugar Grove, Ill., reacts after putting up five crosses and leaving flowers in front of the Lane Bryant store at the Brookside shopping center in Tinley Park, Ill., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. A gunman fatally shot five people at a store in a suburban Chicago strip mall and fled Saturday, prompting police to sweep through neighboring shops looking for the suspect as terrified customers looked on. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai) | AP

AURORA, Colo. -- An Illinois man who placed 15 crosses near Columbine High School after the 1999 massacre there has returned to Colorado with 12 crosses for the victims of a theater shooting.

Greg Zanis, of Aurora, Ill., began putting up the crosses Sunday on a hill across the street from the theater in Aurora.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan arrived later, put his hand on a cross and said a prayer with Zanis. Hogan became emotional and embraced his wife.

The crosses are white, about 3 1/2 feet tall and made out of lumber. Zanis says he was swamped with requests to bring them.

The 15 crosses Zanis erected near Columbine included two for the killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The father of one of the victims tore those two crosses down.

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