Obama, churches honor Colorado shooting victims
“Although the perpetrator of this evil act has received a lot of attention over the last couple of days, that attention will fade away,” Obama said in a televised address after meeting with families at the University of Colorado Hospital on Sunday.
Obama added that after the suspect in the Aurora movie theater shooting “has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy.”
Choosing not to even utter the name of the suspect, James Eagen Holmes, the president spoke about the bravery of Stephanie Davies who saved the life of her friend Allie Young by putting pressure on her neck wound with one hand and calling for help on her cellphone with the other. “They assure us that out of this darkness a brighter day is going to come,” Obama said.
“I confessed to them that words are always inadequate in these kinds of situations, but that my main task was to serve as a representative of the entire country and let them know that we are thinking about them at this moment, and will continue to think about them each and every day,” CNN quoted Obama as telling reporters after the meeting with families of the victims.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed a community memorial service at the municipal center in Aurora, a Denver suburb. “I refuse to say his (suspect’s) name,” Reuters quoted him as saying. “In my house we’re just going to call him Suspect A.” [More]