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UPDATE: President Obama visits grieving Newtown

NEWTOWN, CONN. (WKOW) -- A community mourns two days after a gunman opened fire inside a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 children and 6 adults.

President Obama visited Newtown Sunday night as the community came together for a memorial service at the high school.

The president says the people of Newtown will be remembered for their bravery.

"As a community, you've inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you've looked out for each other. You've cared for one another. And you've loved one another," President Obama says. "This is how Newtown will be remembered, and with time and God's grace, that love will see you through.

President Obama added he would use all his power to make changes to prevent more tragedies like this one. He also read aloud the names of all the victims, including the 20 six and seven year old students.


NEWTOWN, Conn. (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama visits Newtown, Conn. Sunday to console families, thank first responders and speak at a vigil in memory of the 26 teachers and schoolchildren killed during a shooting spree at an elementary school Friday.

This is the fourth trip of Obama's presidency to a grieving city in the aftermath of a mass shooting.

In his remarks, Obama will be addressing not only the residents of Newtown, but also a stunned nation. A White House official said Obama is the primary author of his speech and edited his remarks on the flight to Connecticut with White House speechwriter Cody Keenan.

Keenan helped Obama write his speech last year following the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabby Giffords.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Obama will attend a memorial service Sunday in Newtown, Connecticut. Unfortunately, this is the fourth time he has traveled to a city after a mass shooting.

In his weekly address Saturday, the President said the nation must "take meaningful action to prevent such tragedies" as he referenced several mass shootings from this year, including the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

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