Making a sadly familiar journey, President Barack Obama will attend an evening vigil in Newtown, Conn., to mourn with a town still seeking to comprehend the unimaginable massacre of its children and teachers. His visit today to this southeastern Connecticut community comes two days after a man opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School killing 26 people, including 20 boys and girls just 6 or 7 years old.
Obama will visit privately with families of the victims and with emergency personnel who responded to the shootings. He then will then speak at an interfaith vigil at Newtown High School. For the president, this is the fourth trip of his presidency to a community still grieving from a mass shooting: He traveled to Aurora, Colo.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Fort Hood, Texas; in the wake of each shooting there.