Yesterday morning, news broke that beloved Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan died at the age of 69. In March, he revealed he had cancer and, just Wednesday, he announced that he was entering hospice. Following news of his death, Governor Hickenlooper ordered flags to be flown at half staff from sunrise to sunset today.

As a testament to the incredible legacy he left in Aurora, his praises were sung by those from across the political spectrum.

Hogan, who spent 24 years beginning in 1979 on the Aurora City Council before taking the helm as mayor in 2011, is probably best known for helping to steer Aurora through a population boom over the past few decades. He also presided over one of the worst mass casualty events  in Colorado history – the Aurora Theater Shooting. During this horrific event, he showed courage and compassion for the victims and their families.

According to a City of Aurora website, the family is asking in lieu of flowers for donations to one of the four Mayor Stephen D. Hogan Memorial Funds: the University of Denver Stephen D. Hogan Scholarship Fund, the 7/20 Memorial Fund, the Aurora Korean War Memorial Fund, and the Aurora History Museum.

A memorial service has not yet been announced.