Obama Headed to Conn. Today

Commander-in-chief's 4th turn at aftermath of a mass shooting

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 16, 2012 5:33 AM CST

(Newser) – 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.

Mourners gather for a candlelight vigil at Ram's Pasture to remember shooting victims, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.
Mourners gather for a candlelight vigil at Ram's Pasture to remember shooting victims, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Tail lights streak past a sign asking for prayer on Main Street heading into the village of Newtown, Conn., at dusk Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
Tail lights streak past a sign asking for prayer on Main Street heading into the village of Newtown, Conn., at dusk Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Kristin Hoyt, 18, of Danbury, Conn., ties a balloon to an overpass up the road from the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.
Kristin Hoyt, 18, of Danbury, Conn., ties a balloon to an overpass up the road from the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
President Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. He travels there today.
President Obama wipes his eye as he speaks about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. He travels there today.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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