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Obama Honors Victims, Heroes of Sandy Hook Shooting

December 16, 2012

As President Obama spoke at an interfaith vigil to honor the 20 children and six adults killed Friday, a stunned community filled the auditorium of Newtown High School where the memorial took place.

A White House official said Obama is the primary author of his speech and edited his remarks on the flight to Connecticut with presidential speechwriter Cody Keenan, the Associated Press reports.

Obama met privately Sunday afternoon with families of the victims and with emergency personnel who responded to the shootings.

President Obama pauses during his speech at an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.((AP Photo/ Evan Vucci))

President Obama walks off stage after delivering a speech honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. ((AP Photo/Evan Vucci))

President Obama greets Gov. Dannel Malloy during his arrival at Sandy Hook Elementary School's auditorium. ((AP Photo/The Hartford Courant, Stephen Dunn, Pool))

 

President Obama arrives at the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn.((AP Photo/Evan Vucci))

The first responders of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are greeted by a round of applause from those seated in the auditorium at Newtown High School before the memorial begins.((AP Photo/ Evan Vucci))

Residents wait for the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. ((AP Photo/Evan Vucci))

 

Memorial attendees wait for the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn.((AP Photo/ Evan Vucci))

Residents greet each other before the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn.((AP Photo/ Evan Vucci))

A packed auditorim awaits President Obama at Newtown High School as the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is delayed.((AP Photo/ Evan Vucci))

 

Residents wait for the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.((AP Photo/Evan Vucci))

Eight-year old Shayne Frate, a third grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School, hangs from her mother Valerie's back, wrapped in a Red Cross blanket to protect her from the cold, rainy weather, as she waits in line to attend an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Conn.((AP Photo/Jason DeCrow))

Kayla Hopson and her daughter Lilliana, 9, left, and Janine Caswell and her daughter Genesis, 8, stand wrapped in Red Cross blankets to protect themselves from the cold, rainy weather as they wait in line to attend an interfaith vigil with President Obama.((AP Photo/Jason DeCrow))

 

People arrive at Newtown High School to attend an interfaith vigil with President Obama, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.((AP Photo/Jason DeCrow))

People wait in line to enter Newtown High School for a memorial vigil attended by President Obama. The memorial is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.((AP Photo/David Goldman))

People arrive on a school bus at Newtown High School for a memorial vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.((AP Photo/David Goldman))

 

David Freedman, right, kneels with his son Zachary, 9, both of Newtown, Conn., as they visit a sidewalk memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims,.((AP Photo/David Goldman))

President Obama leaves the White House for Connecticut to meet with the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims and to thank first responders. ((AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta))

A U.S. flag flies at half staff outside the Newtown High School before President Obama is scheduled to attend a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.((AP Photo/David Goldman))

 
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