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Obama visits Aurora, meets with shooting survivors who tried to save lives

In the wake of one of the deadliest U.S. shootings, President Barack Obama traveled to Aurora, Colo. Sunday to meet with victims’ families and survivors of the movie theater attack that killed 12 people.

During the trip, Obama also visited the University of Colorado Hospital and met with two women who survived the shooting. One of them was shot in the neck while trying to warn people near the aisle of the attack. Her friend dropped to the ground after she was shot and stayed behind to treat the wound, the president told reporters.

"I don't know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did, or the courage that Allie showed," Obama said. "And so, as tragic as the circumstances of what we've seen today are, as heartbreaking as it is for the families, it's worth us spending most of our time reflecting on young Americans like Allie and Stephanie, because they represent what's best in us, and they assure us that out of this darkness a brighter day is going to come."

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