1,000 attend funeral of AJ Boik, who was killed in Aurora theater shooting

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— The church sanctuary where AJ captivated everyone’s attention one last time has an honest quality to it; the pews, positioned in a complete circle, force a face-to-face interaction that breaks through barriers in what seems like one giant, communal embrace.

That would have pleased Alexander “AJ” Boik, the loving 18-year-old whose vivacious life ended a week ago in an Aurora movie theater and who was laid to rest Friday.

“He’s not a big guy, but had a huge personality,” said John Hoover, AJ’s uncle. “His personality allowed him to move in diverse circles.”

Even in his casket, AJ — situated directly in the circle’s center — managed to bring a diverse group of people together.

Read the full story at The Denver Post

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