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Obama meets cinema shooting victims

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US President Barack Obama has told victims of the attack at a Batman film screening in Aurora, Colorado, that the whole country is thinking of them.

“My main task was to serve as a representative of the entire country and say we are thinking about them at this moment each and every day.” Obama said after meeting survivors and families of the dead in the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

James Holmes, 24, has been arrested in connection with the attack, which killed 12 and injured 58, BBC reported.

As reported, the shooter opened fire during a packed midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday, July 20, before being detained outside the cinema.

People have been laying flowers at a memorial site near the Century cinema. Thousands of people have also been gathering outside City Hall for an emotional vigil for the victims.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper refused to mention Mr Holmes by name, saying the priority was the 12 victims. He said: “July 20th should never be about remembering the killer, it should be about remembering those individuals, remembering those victims. So I ask you to help me here.” As he then read out the names, the crowd chanted, “We will remember,” after each.

Most of the dead are young people 24 to 30 years of age. A six-year-old girl was also killed during the attack.

Authorities have established no terrorism link, nor any motive. Mr Holmes had no criminal record other than a speeding fine.

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