Vigil for Colorado shooting victims

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Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a candlelight vigil to remember the 10 people gunned down at a supermarket in a Colorado college town.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old man suspected of carrying out the rampage prepared for his first court appearance on Thursday morning.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa has been jailed for investigation of murder since he was arrested inside the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder on Monday and treated at a hospital for a leg wound.

He was to hear the pending charges he faces and his rights as a defendant and he would not be asked for a plea until later in the judicial process.

Alissa was last seen handcuffed and being led out of the supermarket by police.

He had removed all clothing except shorts before being taken into custody.

A rifle, a green tactical vest and a handgun were recovered inside the grocery store, according to an arrest affidavit.

While most Colorado court proceedings have been conducted by video during the pandemic, District Judge Thomas Francis Mulvahill ordered Alissa to appear before him in court.

The courtroom will be closed to the public.

More than 500 people bundled in winter jackets and wool hats attended a downtown candlelight vigil Wednesday night to mourn the victims and comfort one another.

They observed a moment of silence; violins soothed the crowd; a woman sang Ave Maria as candle flames flickered in the crisp air.

A star-shaped light usually turned on for the holidays glowed on a mountain overlooking the open square.

In addition to police officer Eric Talley, 51, the victims are: 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.

Leiker, Olds and Stong worked at the supermarket.

Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds of people paid their respects during a police procession for Talley as his body was taken to a funeral home.

According to the arrest affidavit, the suspect bought a Ruger AR-556 pistol six days before the attack.

Law enforcement officials say Alissa was born in Syria in 1999, emigrated to the US as a toddler and later became a US citizen.