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July 20, 2012 09:53 AM

President Calls Friday A Day Of Prayer For Aurora, CO

WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama is reacting to Friday morning's deadly theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

"Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado," the President said in a statement.

"Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.

"As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come."

The President also addressed the shooting during what was scheduled as a campaign event that ended early.  Instead he is cancelling campaign events and called it a day of prayer and reflection.

Twelve people were killed and local news organizations are reporting 38 were injured when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater early Friday morning.  Officials have arrested 24-year-old James Holmes.

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