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Obama supporters bow their heads after President Obama called for a moment of silence for the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shootings at what was scheduled as a campaign event at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday.
“There are going to be other days for politics. This is a day, I think, for prayers and reflection,” the president told the crowd which had gathered in anticipation of a campaign rally, The Post’s David Nakamura reported.
At least 12 people have died and dozens more were wounded in the late-night shooting. “Law enforcement authorities identified the alleged gunman as James Holmes, 24, and said he was taken into custody in a parking lot behind the Century 16 theater after the attack,” Sari Horwitz and Debbi Wilgoren reported. Follow The Post for live updates throughout the day.
“We may never understand whatever leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings … we do know what makes life worth living,” the president said before leading the crowd in Florida in a moment of silence.
“I hope all of you will keep the people of Aurora in your hearts and minds today,” the president said. “May the Lord bring them comfort and healing in the hard days to come. … I hope that as a consequence of today’s events, as you leave here, you spend a little time thinking about the incredible blessings that God has given us.”
A White House statement read:
Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney also put out a statement Friday:
Standing outside a business in New Hampshire Friday afternoon, Romney evoked prayer and God as he commented about the killings.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks at a campaign event in Bow, N.H., Friday, July 20, 2012.
He remarked about grief and the helplessness victims, their families and the Aurora community must feel, adding, “But there is something we can do. We can offer comfort to someone near us who is suffering or heavy-laden. And we can mourn with those who mourn in Colorado.”
“Romney has not been known to throw out LDS references in his speeches, though has noted Bible passages before. (h/t to Daniel Burton.),” Stack wrote. “In fact, ‘mourn with those who mourn’ can also be found in the New International Version of the New Testament in Romans 12:15: ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.’”
Daniel Burke at Religion News Service has a Storify up with early responses from religious leaders and other spiritual reflections on the killings. Read them below: