PHOTO: Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims

The Dark Knight Rises star and his wife surprised victims of the grisly shooting in Aurora, Colo., and paid respects to those who died

Christian Bale, star of The Dark Knight Rises, visited a memorial for the Colorado shooting victims on Tuesday and surprised several of the injured moviegoers recovering at a local Aurora hospital.

Bale, 38, and his wife Sibi Blazic walked around the memorial honoring the 12 people who died early Friday morning when James Holmes opened fire at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. According to Denver's Fox affiliate KDVR, the couple even participated in a prayer circle with others paying their respects at the memorial.

"A couple next to me asked me to pray with them," area resident Amanda Tyacke told the news channel. "There were about six or seven of us. And then prayer was over, and I was taking some pictures and realized who I was pretty much standing next to was Christian Bale."

Before visiting the memorial, Bale made a stop at the Medical Center of Aurora South, a hospital where some of the movie shooting's victims were rushed on July 20.

One of the patients Bale visited, Carey Rottman, posted a Facebook photo of himself with Bale in his hospital room. "Wow!!! Thank you so much for the visit Christian!! What a great guy! Still in shock!," Rottman wrote.

Warner Brothers confirmed that Bale isn't there as part of a studio-sponsored effort. "Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers," an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications, clarified to the The Denver Post.

Bale, who also visited the Denver Police Department on Tuesday, released a statement Friday offering his condolences. He and the rest of the cast were in Europe preparing for the Paris premiere, which Warner Brothers cancelled following news of the shooting.

"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale said in his statement. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them." 

Watch Bale join a prayer circle in honor of the victims:

 

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