Obama visits Colorado, meets shooting victims' families

By REUTERS
July 23, 2012 06:08

 
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AURORA, CO - President Barack Obama on Sunday traveled to Colorado and offered hope and comfort to victims of the gunman who killed 12 people and wounded 58 in a Denver-area movie theater.

The shooting spree early on Friday shocked the nation and dominated the news. Obama met privately with the families of victims and said he had listened to stories about those who were killed and those who risked their lives to help others.

"They assure us that out of this darkness a brighter day is going to come," Obama said at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, recounting the story of a young woman who stopped the bleeding of her wounded friend with one hand and called for help on her cell phone with the other.

After justice was done, memory would focus on the victims, not the killer, he said.

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