Obama Visits Colorado Shooting Victims
President Barack Obama visited Aurora Colorado Sunday and met with victims of Friday’s theater shooting that killed 12 people and left 58 others injured. The president was accompanied by Governor John Hickenlooper, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, and other local officials.
President Obama spoke to the victims and their families at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, where 23 of the victims were taken after the deadly shooting. 10 of the victims were still at the hospital Sunday.
Peter Burns, Denver radio host and friend of Jessica Ghawi, wrote about President Obama’s visit on his Twitter. He said that the president plead for the media to focus more on the victims and not on the suspect, James Holmes. The president also promised to help with regards to the issue.
Jessica Ghawi was one of those killed in Friday’s massacre. His brother Jordan wrote on Twitter that he met with the president. He described President Obama as incredible and agreed not to mention the shooter’s name again.
The president said that the attention on the perpetrator will fade away and in the end, the good people impacted by the tragedy will be the ones to be remembered. He was also moved by the story of Allie Young, a 19 year old who was shot in the neck, and her best friend Stephanie Davies, who saved Young by keeping pressure on her wound as the theater was showered by bullets.
President Obama added that the two friends represented the best in all of us. Stephanie’s timely actions saved Allie. He also said that he met with Allie downstairs before giving out the speech. Burns also said that one victim told the president that he lost his driver’s license during the shooting and was worried that he could not get on a plane to go back home. The president replied that he have to talk with the TSA about it.