Greg Zanis, 'The Cross Man,' Has Died

May 4, 2020

Crosses built by Greg Zanis for the victims of the Feb. 2019 shooting at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora.
Credit Guy Stephens

Greg Zanis, who became known as “The Cross Man” for his memorials to the victims of mass shootings, died of cancer Monday morning. He was 69.

On social media, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin called Zanis a giant among men. Irvin said Zanis’ legacy will forever be remembered in Aurora and around the globe.

Over 23 years, Zanis built and personally delivered more than 27,000 crosses to the sites of mass shootings across the country, including Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, The Pulse nightclub in Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

He retired last year. Soon after it was revealed that he had bladder cancer, which had spread and was terminal. A drive-by "living visitation" for him held last Friday drew hundreds of well-wishers.