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Colorado supermarket reopening months after mass shooting

December 2, 2021 GMT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado supermarket where a gunman killed 10 people last year will reopen on Jan. 20, officials said.

In March, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, opened fire in a Kroger-owned Kings Soopers supermarket in Boulder, nearly 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) northwest of Denver.

The store’s reopening may be a moment for the tight-knit community to mourn the victims and reflect on the tragedy that happened less than a year ago.

In September, a Colorado judge ordered a state mental health evaluation of Alissa which found he had an unspecified mental health condition that limits his ability to talk with others, but prosecutors asked for a second opinion.

The results of a second evaluation is set to be discussed during a court hearing Friday.

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One of the victims was Boulder Police officer Eric Talley, 51, who was one of the first to respond to the scene. The other victims include Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jodi Waters, 65.

The Boulder location is being redesigned with feedback from store employees and local residents, according to Kroger officials. No additional details on the renovations were provided.