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By Layne Weiss     Jul 22, 2012 in Politics
Aurora - US President Barack Obama will meet survivors and families of victims of an attack at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" Friday that left 12 people dead in Aurora, CO.
In Obama's weekly radio address, he called for reflection and prayer on the rampage, BBC News reports.
Pope Benedict has always voiced "deep shock" over the tragedy.
According to Business Week, President Obama will travel to Aurora, CO Sunday to meet with the families affected by Friday's senseless disaster.
The President will also meet with local Aurora officials, The White House said in a statement. He has no public events listed on his schedule for Sunday.
President Obama's Republican challenger, Mitt Romney has also put his Sunday campaign events on hold, BBC News reports.
A vigil, organized by civic, community, and religious leaders, is scheduled for the victims on Sunday at 6:30 pm in front of Aurora's City Hall, Reuters reports.
The victims were shot to death when a gunman opened fire at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
According to BBC News, people have already been laying flowers near the cinema where the killings occurred.
A suspect identified by police as James Holmes, 24, was arrested after the attack at a shopping mall in Aurora, Business Week reports.. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday morning.
Aurora police Chief Dan Oates said the shooting was premeditated and calculated for months as Holmes received large shipments of weaponry to both his work and home, Reuters reports.
According to BBC News, the suspect has no criminal record other than a fine for speeding, and no evidence has shown any sort of terrorism link.
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