AURORA — President Barack Obama met with friends and family of the Colorado movie theater shooting victims yesterday as the town of Aurora mourned the 12 who died.
Obama joined local officials and residents in refusing to utter the name of the alleged shooter, James Eagan Holmes.
Police say Holmes, 24, was dressed in body armor and toting three guns when he opened fire at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie. Fifty-eight people were injured in the shooting.
Holmes, who was apprehended moments after the massacre, is to make his first court appearance on Monday.
“I refuse to say his name. In my house we’re just going to call him Suspect A,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper told a community memorial service at the municipal center in Aurora, Colorado, a Denver suburb of 325,000 people.
He captured a spirit of defiance in the blue-collar city that saw one of the most innocent of American pastimes turn into a horror show.
Obama met with families at the University of Colorado Hospital. In a televised address afterward, he focused on the bravery of a young woman, Stephanie Davies, who saved her friend Allie Young by putting pressure on a gushing neck wound with one hand while calling for help on her cellphone with the other.
Brighter day coming
“They assure us that out of this darkness a brighter day is going to come,” Obama said. “Although the perpetrator of this evil act has received a lot of attention over the last couple of days, that attention will fade away. And in the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy.” (Reuters)