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July 25th, 2012
11:25 AM ET

Driven by personal tragedy, man builds crosses for Aurora victims, thousands of others

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - In a vacant lot across from the site of last week’s movie theater shooting, 12 white crosses stand solemnly, their arms covered in messages of hope and the ground around them full of flowers.

For the loved ones of the 12 killed in the Aurora, Colorado, theater, the crosses have become a focal point of remembrance, a place to memorialize victims and pray for their families and friends. But for the man who built the white crosses, each just over 3 feet tall, the crosses are something more: symbols of his own survival since tragedy struck his family 16 years ago.

Greg Zanis, an electrician from Aurora, Illinois, said he has built 13,000 crosses in that time, each a memorial for a victim of an American tragedy.

He traveled to Tucson, Arizona, after the 2011 shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, ventured to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts after John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a 1999 plane crash there and went to Colorado after the Columbine school shooting that same year.

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Zanis, a former carpenter, usually spends four hours each Sunday building crosses and said he “can do them blindfolded.” Though he varies the cross design based on available lumber, he has a few basic styles, including a flat cross that can be attached to walls or fences and another one that can be staked into the ground at rural sites.

After the Aurora shooting, Zanis got calls from family members of Columbine victims who wanted to see how he was doing and thank him again for the crosses he built for them. It is those kinds of connections, Zanis said, that made him travel to Aurora last weekend.

“It is overwhelming to think about all the crosses I have put up,” Zanis said. “I am doing it for the victims, but this is a public grieving. This allows the public a place to go to and have that big cry.”

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Zanis’ voice cracked as he told CNN in a phone interview the stories of victims’ families he met in Aurora and described praying with the city’s mayor, Steve Hogan.

“I am having a hard time because I heard so many of these stories in person,” Zanis said from Illinois, where he returned after spending a few hours in Colorado over the weekend.

Zanis said he began building crosses in 1996 after discovering his father-in-law dead from a gunshot wound to his head. Zanis described the scene in his father-in-law’s office, where he found the body, as “gruesome” and difficult to discuss. The killer was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Zanis attended support group meetings to deal with the grief but said that none of them helped much. In an effort to cope, the lifelong Christian built a white cross and displayed it at his home as a permanent memorial to his father-in-law.

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Later that same year, a young boy was gunned down in Zanis' town. The victim’s mother asked Zanis to build her a white cross as a way for her to remember her son. He obliged and has been building crosses ever since.

After a local newspaper quoted Zanis saying he’d build a cross for anyone grieving from loss, he began getting weekly calls from around Illinois. Now he receives around three calls a day from people all over the country asking for crosses, many of them families with victims of gun violence.

But Zanis said he believes that shooting deaths are “not about the gun” - he carries one with him at times. “I don’t think I am going to go murder somebody,” he said. “We need to be able to defend ourselves.”

Zanis doesn’t charge for the crosses and said he doesn’t accept donations for them. When he has the opportunity to deliver the crosses, he said he looks for a chance to talk and pray with families.

“When I talk to a family member, I talk to them differently than other people would - I share my loss and that just opens them up to sharing their loss,” Zanis said. “This is a perfect thing for me to do.”

And for those who want to stay in touch, he said he is happy to be someone who will listen.

“I tell them that I am going to answer the phone even at night. I am going to be there for you, and while I won’t always have the best answer for you, I will tell you that you are going to see them again in heaven,” Zanis said. “It isn’t final yet, I will say, and people relate to that.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Colorado • Violence

soundoff (752 Responses)
  1. use your eyes people

    The article says repeatedly that family members of the victims call GZ and REQUEST crosses.

    ...victim’s mother ASKED Zanis to build her a white cross as a way for her to remember her son.

    ...Now he receives around three calls a day from people all over the country ASKING for crosses

    ...After the Aurora shooting, Zanis got calls from family members of Columbine victims ... and thank him again for the crosses he built FOR THEM.

    There are no mentions of other faiths, but that may be due to Dan Merica and his editorial staff, not necessarily of GZ.
    Presumably family members of the victims have an idea of what the victim believed in. Or, they may be making their REQUESTS based on what makes them feel better about THEIR loss....and guess what: when you're grieving the loss of a loved one, you're not always thinking clearly about what the person believed. You want that person to be remembered. Period.
    If you don't like crosses, don't request someone to build you one.
    If you don't like this article, don't read it.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Anon

      Sadly religious parents don't consider if their children are atheist. That's why I'm leaving a will making sure I don't get a christian burial.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Tony

      @ use your eyes people
      Use YOUR eyes. Nowhere in the article did it say the families of THIS tragedy contacted him, let alone that representatives of ALL 12 contacted him. Yes, according to the article, he gets amny calls from various people requesting crosses. Yes, he got calls from some of the Columbine victims' families. But we're not talking about any of those people. The issue is whther or not EVEN ONE of the theater shooting victims would object to a Christian symbol beong used to memorialize them. If ALL 12 were Christians, then the answer is probably no. But if EVEN ONE was NOT Christian, then the possiblity exists that such a person COULD object. Considering that there has, apparently, been no objections by family members to the crosses, I must assume that at least THEY (if not the victims themselves) are not ofended (implying they may well have ALL been Christian, at least to some degree).

      However, considering that the audience in the theater that night was most likely comprised of people of many faiths, including "non-faith" (atheists/agnostics), and that, apparently only Christians were killed, it is only logical to assume that God allowed the non-Christain "heathens" to live while "calling home" only his followers. Interesting.

      July 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  2. ma & pa

    Oh, yea of no understanding, the cross WAS a feared torture tool BEFORE Christ came to show us the way to His Fathers boundryless truth. NOW the cross is the symbol of TRIUMPH over death of body and soul for Anyone who believes Christs message and hopes for something better than what you narrow, discouraging, hopeless naysayers have to offer. We need more people like Greg Zanis on this earth.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Nobama

    So many illiterate, or perhaps just angry, bigots here. Go back and read it... this generous man ONLY puts up crosses by request. I hope some of you get over your irrational hatred of people who believe something that you don't.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Anon

      Then stay the fu(k away from influencing policies with your mindless votes, but sadly that's not the case.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Darrow Syndrome

      This sort of unsolicited proselytizing is no different from those Mormons who posthumously baptize people like Anne Frank. The utter arrogance of these people is unbelievable.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Maria

      I'm a Mormon and we do not baptism dead people. I think it's funny that you think we do things like that though.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Tony

      @nobama:
      Take your own advice and go back and read the article. Where does it say he ONLY puts up crosses by request? Where does it even say that ANYONE connected with the victims in THIS case contacted him? It states " Zanis got calls from family members of Columbine victims" but says nothing about the theater shooting victims' families calling him.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  4. Darrow Syndrome

    How does this man know these victims are Christians?

    July 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Wayfaring Stranger

      He is showing respect. Try it!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Anon

      He doesn't. Just puts the cross and lets the imaginary zombie Jew take care of the rest (if he could that is).

      July 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Darrow Syndrome

      Wayfaring, are you saying a person shows respect to another person by putting up a cross, even though he has no idea if the person is a christian or not?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Nobama

      He only puts them up when requested to do so. It's pretty stunning that this selfless act could elicit so much vitriol from the "inclusive" folks on the Left. ::eye roll::

      July 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  5. Matt

    For all the Chrisitans out there....firstly no one doubts his sincereity – however there is always a correct manner to go about things. The cross symbolises Chrisitanity...How would you feel if a loved one of yours died (a christian) and somone decided to put out jewish symbols to represent him? How would you feel if a pagan decided to put out something in remembrance of him? or a satanist?? wouldn't you like to be consulted first if this was going to be the case considering how close some peopl ehold their religious beliefs to one another? Now that isn't to say the jew or pagan would not be sincere (just like this man) however there are correct ways to handle the situation....ask first and be respectful of other possibile religions because we all know you would expect the same.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Anon

      They rarely if ever think about that. In their minds everyone belongs to Jesus, no exceptions.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Wayfaring Stranger

      Matt.......a Jewish symbol would be fine if placed their in respect for them. Jesus was Jewish and the are his chosen people, STILL! Satanism offers no respect for anyone so that would be a negative!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Lauren

      If someone was truly a kind, understanding, and reasonable human being – they would know that the cross is not there to impose Christianity and they probably wouldn't care even if they were a different religion. They may ask that the cross be taken down in favor of their own religious piece, but they would not be upset or offended because someone cared enough about their loved ones to make such a gesture.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Lawrence

      Matt, that argument does not hold water. You are just looking for a different illogical argument to hide your hate. Think about it. Would a Christian be upset if a Jew said a different prayer or made a different offering of sympathy? No. Never. The Christian would be thankful. The first words in your post tell your stance.

      This is HIS way of expressing his sympathy. Each person has a different way. The atheists, who do not have any more answers than the believers, do not set the manner in which people pay respects. You do not do so at all. This is appropriate as he did it out of respect and love.

      get some tolerance! Stop the hate!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  6. Jonsie

    I've never seen anything or heard anything negative from relatives and victims that go to see these crosses, except in this post. What do you people do for strength and believe in nothing but hate and are so afraid someone might offend you? Amazing!!

    July 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Atheist

      Pray about it LOSER!:) hahahah

      July 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • QS

      Pointing out religious arrogance and self-righteousness is hate?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Interested2

      Don't worry about some of these insensitive comments. Some of these people actually think they're remarks are funny, they are only fooling themselves.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      I believe in many things, but I also know hate exists.
      I am not afraid someone might offend me, it happens all of the time,
      I draw my strength from reality, I need no false strength from the crutch of religion.
      Hope that helps

      July 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Wayfaring Stranger

      Who invited me?......correct, you just need Jesus.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Lawrence

      OS? What planet are you from? Where is placing crosses a sign of any of those things?

      You really need to stop the hate there.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      wayfaring strangler
      I need nothing of the sort, and leastwise do I need advice from a troll

      July 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Who?, do you or do you not know the difference between religion and Jesus Christ's truth?

      July 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  7. Ohlone G. Honson

    I bet that hard hat comes in handy in that line of work of gluing wood together and painting it.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      He's just used to wearing it since his days riding to school on the short bus.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Atheist

    CNN is a joke. They only posted this story because it was cheap and easy and they don't have to pay expensive real journalists this way. Can't wait to see CNN go out of business:)

    July 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  9. pleaseexplain

    How does a cross ease pain, it is just an inanimate object curved from a chopped down tree. Just another idol worshiper as far as I am concerned. We should feel sorry for all those poor trees

    July 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Lawrence

      To many people much smarter than yourself it is a sign of love and hope.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  10. ArthurP

    In praise of the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster I have erected a monument to the fallen consisting of 12 meat balls on a plate of pure virgin noodles.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • iheartyou

      All hail his noodly appendages!!!!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Henny Penny

      Yes, eggs are packaged by the dozen too - it's all a big yolk!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  11. Wayfaring Stranger

    The cross is the symbol of love for atheists by their long search for saviour! Jesus Christ!

    July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Anon

      As if the imaginary mofo known as Jesus existed in the first place.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      Can I hear an LOL .. brother

      July 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Wayfaring straner...Why are you swearing at the end of your post?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Wayfaring stranger...Why are you swearing at the end of your post?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Wayfaring Stranger

      Jesus Christ is love and he died atheists too!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Thackerie

      So, how many atheists have you converted with your christianese and bible verses on Internet forums? Why are you wasting your time here repeatedly posting the same old yada-yada-yada instead of preaching on a street corner where you might actually con someone into believing your crap. You are soooooooooooooooo boring!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  12. Elizabeth

    Seriously Kathleen is that really all you have to contribute? Does it really matter what faith this man is? Not to mention PEOPLE CALL HIM for these crosses... Do you really think he is doing this to offend people? I do not practice any religion and I think what he is doing is a beautiful gesture and I am sure is appreciated more than words can express by the victims of these and any other tragedies. In his own way he is helping others deal with their grief. There need to be more people like him in this world, regardless of what faith they are. People who are kind, caring and willing to listen and share their experiences.

    CNN – Well done. Thank you for posting this article. In light of all the craziness and tragedy happening throughout the world, this story has helped restore some of my faith in humanity... even if just a little. Thank you.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Atheist

      CNN is a joke. They only posted this story because it was cheap and easy and they don't have to pay expensive real journalists this way. Can't wait to see CNN go out of business:)

      July 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Danny

      Cannot say it better myself. The world needs more kind and compassionate people like this man, and less of the mean-spirited and hate-filled people like these so-called atheists on this board. I, a Christian, have great respect for atheists in general for many friends of mine are atheists and aregood people. I would have no problem seeing an atheist comforting a Christian. As a matter of fact Any person who can provide comfort to the others has my praise. But These "militant" atheists on this board just simply disgust me.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Atheist

      You disgust everyone Danny–especially god HAHAHAHA

      July 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • QS

      So if an Atheist were to show up to "comfort" a Christian and did so by putting up a sign for every victim that stated what it means to be Atheist, you don't think that would be offensive to those who follow one religion or another?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Atheist

      An atheist wouldn't feel it necessary to demean the victims' families' pain with a symbol of his or her beliefs. That's the whole point.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  13. MIke Roberts

    Hey CNN- where's your story about the crazy sending the letter to his psychiatrist 1 WEEK before the incident?? Oh ya, you don't have it because it is a Fox New exclusive. ha ha ha ha

    July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  14. Grigory Dashevsky.

    If I Write a comment you have to rite my comment,or you working in KGB???????????????

    July 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
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      Grigory Dashevsky.

      Cryptic. Are you by chance having trouble with the automatic word filter here:

      Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
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      wt-f....also!!!!!!!
      There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).

      July 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  15. GregOPauls

    I am amazed that this ultra liberal site posted crosses in an article. I like it but this is far from the standard. do you think we are seeing a change to actually reporting new and not opinions...

    July 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      Religion IS just opinion and is NOT news.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • iheartyou

      Well, it is in the BELIEF section, Greg. Not even CNN considers this actual news. It's an opinion piece. A "feel good" story that has to do with faith so it's in this section.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The Horses of Zechariah 1 Are God!

      I saw by night, and behold, a Man riding upon a red Horse and He stood between the myrtle trees which were in the hollow. And behind Him were Horses: Reds, Sorrels, and Whites.

      Zechariah 1:8

      Amen.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  16. mrwayyne

    Tears are streaming down my face. What a precious selfless way to show compassion. The same compassion that Jesus has for us. Comforting, warming, caring. We can't make sense out of things like this on this earth. But God has a plan. Even in such horrendous tragedies such as this, we are reminded of our deep need of a Savior.

    Why does these things happen? The evil enemy is no respecter of persons. He cares not whose light he snuffs. This is the great controversy that is rapidly culminating. It will not be long and he and evil will cease. There will be a people who no matter what the struggle or the trial ... will continue in their walk of faith, trust, love and forgiveness.

    God bless you for being a representative of His. A comforter to men. My heart breaks for those who have lost, but I am blessed in considering such a beautiful act of kindness.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • pleaseexplain

      First of all, Jesus did not die on a cross, and if he died on a cross, why would you worship a tool that was used to kill him. Even the catholic encyclopedia acknowledges that the cross was a 3rd century addition used by religions opposed to Christianity. So if you are going to worship the true God you must eliminate idol worship and the worshiping of Jesus. You believe the nonsense taught to you by your religions and never bother to check the accuracy of your man made doctrines.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      pleaseexplain,

      Jesus did explain you in Romans 1:17-32.

      Amen.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Reason

      Jesus! I mean – wow you sound a little crazy MrWayyne. Arent the ones whose life "evil has snuffed" going to heaven sooner? Didnt he do a GOOD thing speeding their delivery to such a grand wonderful place?

      you people dont make any sense.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Ecclesiastes 12:8-14

      8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all [is] vanity.

      9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, [and] set in order many proverbs.

      10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and [that which was] written [was] upright, [even] words of truth.

      11 The words of the wise [are] as goads, and as nails fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one shepherd.

      12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books [there is] no end; and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh.

      13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

      14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.

      Amen.

      July 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  17. Wayfaring Stranger

    Yes! Let their families decide if they welcome the memorial or not, the ones who actually LOVED THEM! It's not for atheist strangers to have a say. If the family like them fine, it they want them gone then they have that right! I'm sure most of them probably home their loved one is with Jesus!

    July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Matt

      They should ask first then erect if needed. Not vice versa. Don't assume that they a Chrisitian...that shows arrogance and no respect.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • chris

      Well said.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      Not for "Atheist" strangers? How 'bout .. not for strangers to have a say?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Wayfaring Stranger

      Well when we see an article where one of their mothers kicked or burned the cross down then we will know. Doubt we will see that!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Ecclesiastes 12

      1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

      2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

      3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

      4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

      5 Also [when] they shall be afraid of [that which is] high, and fears [shall be] in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

      6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

      7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

      8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all [is] vanity.

      9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, [and] set in order many proverbs.

      10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and [that which was] written [was] upright, [even] words of truth.

      11 The words of the wise [are] as goads, and as nails fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one shepherd.

      12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books [there is] no end; and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh.

      13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

      14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.

      Amen.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  18. Bad Religion

    I generally dislike these kinds of things when people just randomly put up crosses to spout their esoteric and narrow minded dogmatic bs however this is different. Everyone grieves and shows support in different ways, this is this man's way of doing so and when it comes down to it it's not hurting anyone so I would say this gesture is quite sweet and sincere. I'm always for people who show compassion and empathy.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • rdeleys

      Yeah, as long as he's not putting those crosses on public land or using public funds.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  19. ObamaJoe

    It's good to talk about this story,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  20. ObamaJoe

    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    For to be carnally minded death; but to be spiritually minded life and peace.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
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