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UPDATE: President Obama reacts to deaths in Colorado

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama says the tragic movie theater shooting in Colorado that left 12 people dead is a reminder that life is fragile. He says the event "reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family."

In Florida for a campaign swing, the President asked for a moment of silence Friday and focused his shortened remarks exclusively on the tragedy.

Obama says the shooting underscores how "our time here is limited and it is precious." He says Friday should be devoted to prayer and reflection.

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AURORA, Colo. (WKOW) -- President Obama is "shocked and saddened" by the tragic shooting in Colorado.

Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle released the following statement regarding the massacre in Aurora, Colo.:

"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 in this extraordinarily difficult time. 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. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come."

President Obama will address the nation at 10:20 a.m. Friday from a campaign event in Fort Myers, Florida. He will then return to the White House. He has canceled all campaign events for Friday.

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