Aurora cinema shooting: Obama arrives to honour victims

US President Barack Obama has arrived in
Colorado to honour victims of Friday's gun
attack at a Batman film screening that left 12
people dead.
The White House said Mr Obama would meet
survivors and families of victims, as well as local
officials in Aurora.
In his weekly radio address, he called for prayer and
reflection on the gun rampage in the Denver suburb.
Pope Benedict has voiced "deep shock" over the
attack which left another 58 people injured, some
James Holmes, 24, currently being held in solitary
confinement for his own safety, is alleged to have
opened fire during a packed midnight screening of
The Dark Knight Rises.
People have been laying flowers near the Century
cinema, where the shooting occurred.
An evening vigil, organised by local community and
religious leaders, is due to take place in front of
Aurora city hall later on Sunday.
Mr Obama's visit comes a day after police cleared
James Holmes's flat of explosives which could have
killed people entering via the door.
Both Mr Obama and his Republican Party challenger,
Mitt Romney, curtailed their election campaigns in
the wake of the Aurora attack, dropping advertising
in Colorado state out of respect for victims and their
'Police anger'
The FBI is now collecting evidence from the flat of
Mr Holmes, who is accused of at least 12 counts of
first-degree murder.
Booby traps connected to explosives had prevented
police from entering it for two days until they made
the devices safe.
Police said the suspect had acted with "calculation
and deliberation", taking ammunition deliveries for
Aurora police chief Dan Oates said: "I've personally
never seen anything like what we've found in
"This apartment was designed to kill whoever
entered it," he said, adding that would most
probably have been a police officer.
"If you think we are angry, we sure as hell are angry
about what has happened to our city, to the
wonderful people who live here and what he
threatened to do to one of our police officers."
James Holmes is due to appear in court on Monday.
Authorities have established no terrorism link, nor
any motive. Mr Holmes had no criminal record other
than a speeding fine.
Messages of support
The Arapahoe county coroner Michael Dobersen has
now released the names of the dead.
He said all the deaths were related to gunshot
The dead include a six-year-old girl and two US
military servicemen.
The University of Colorado Hospital said it was still
treating five patients in critical condition and the
Medical Center of Aurora said four of its patients
remained in intensive care.
Local mayor Steve Hogan told a memorial service
for a young victim on Saturday that the community
in Aurora was still reeling from the "unbelievable
"But I think, as is evidenced by everyone who is
here today, all those who were here yesterday, and
all the messages of support that we have received
from literally around the world, we can I think now
start this process of grieving and healing."

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