Boulder’s Flagstaff star lit in honor of King Soopers shooting victims

The Boulder Chamber of Commerce on Monday lit its holiday star on Flagstaff Mountain to honor the victims of Monday’s shooting at King Soopers.

The star, installed in 1947, is typically lit to commemorate the holidays and was last illuminated on Jan. 10, according to the chamber’s website.

“Tonight, as we mourn for the victims of today’s senseless acts, we light the Boulder Star in their honor and in our shared commitment as a community to the support for their families,” a chamber official wrote on Twitter.

The star is also meant to commemorate the first responders to the scene, the chamber said. Ten people, including Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, were killed on Monday when a man opened fire at the King Soopers at 3600 Table Mesa Drive.

“There will be much more to say about this incident and information to share in the days to come,” wrote John Tayer, Boulder Chamber president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “There will be avenues to support those who have suffered the loss of loved ones. There also will be talk — and hopefully action — in the effort to curb these terrible incidents, nationally and now locally. The Boulder Chamber will stand with all of you in every facet of a supportive and deliberate response to such a tragic incident. …

“For the moment, though, we simply unite in our shared grief for the tragic taking of life from such a violent act and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.”

While the star typically only appears in the night sky from November to January, the chamber lit it on March 23, 2020, as a show of community support during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The city also closed the open space around the star to discourage visitors, although parked viewing is available from dusk to down at Panorama Point, officials wrote.

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