United Gives Free Flights to Aurora Shooting Victim Families

Jul 27, 2012 1:02pm

United Airlines will provide free flights for families of Aurora shooting victims so they can travel to their loved ones’ funerals.

The airline would only provide a brief statement on the matter: “All of us were impacted by these events, and we want to help in any way we can.”

The airline helped the family of Andrew Sullivan in a big way: They offered to fly 25 family members from he Rochester, N.Y., area to Denver to attend Andrew’s funeral this week. Andrew Sullivan died in the shooting at the Aurora movie theater on his 27th birthday.

A family member told ABC News affiliate WHAM once the family found out Andrew had been killed, they started making plans for some of the family to fly to Colorado right away. When the United Airlines ticket agent found out why they were going, the airline offered to help.

When someone dies unexpectedly, a last-minute airfare to get to the funeral can be extremely costly. So costly, in fact, that it often prevents people from traveling to say their final goodbyes.

“It was going to a hardship,” Jim Schwab Andrew’s cousin, told the station. “With last-minute plane fares and such, but it’s amazing. We’re all going to be able to out there and be together now even more.”

United told ABC News the free flights are being facilitated through the American Red Cross.

James Holmes, 24, is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others during a shooting rampage at a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the Colorado cinema.

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