Obviously, this is a national tragedy warranting wall-to-wall news coverage. This is much bigger than any superficial sports story I could come up with. I am just as shocked and saddened by these events as the rest of the country. However, this story hits dangerously close to my heart. A very good friend of mine and his wife recently left the Baltimore area to return home to the Denver area and reside roughly five-to-ten minutes from where the shootings took place. Just as the rest of the country’s thoughts are with the victims and victim’s families, I certainly echo those same sentiments.
I have been following the story all day. In the morning, I was following via the various national news programs but I have spent the majority of the afternoon following coverage directly out of Denver. If you are interested in superior coverage, I strongly suggest following along on Denver’s 850-AM KOA News Radio. If you are out of market, it’s very easy to stream live on the website or by utilizing the iheartradio app on your smartphone.
If you do not already have heartradio on your phone, I highly suggest it. It’s good stuff.
For now, I’ll leave it with quotes from our United States President
Denver Colorado— Hours after a shooting at a theatre in Aurora on the opening night of a Batman movie killed at least 12 people and injured 50, US President Barack Obama paid tribute to the victims of the tragedy.
In a brief comment in Florida where he was scheduled to appear before a campaign event, President Obama said:
“There are going to be other days for politics…This is a day for prayer and reflection.” He then led the audience in a moment of silence.
Vowing to stand by “our neighbours in Colorado”, the US President said that shooting is a reminder that “we are united as one American family”.
He further called “such violence, such evil” as “senseless”, adding, “We may never understand what leads someone to terrorise their fellow human beings like this.”
Earlier in the day, shocked and saddened by the “horrific” cinema hall shooting in Colorado, Obama vowed to bring to justice the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora (the city where the Cinema hall is located) in this extraordinarily difficult time,” Obama said in a statement.
The President, who was notified of the shooting in an Aurora cinema hall by his Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan at 5:26 am local time, is in Palm Beach, Florida, on a two-day election campaign trip.
“We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family,” Obama said.
“All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbours, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come,”