(WASHINGTON) — Following the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, President Obama urges Americans to take “some time for prayer and reflection” this weekend while offering condolences to families of the victims.
In his weekly address, Obama remembers the at least 12 victims of the Aurora, Colo., tragedy early Friday morning, calling them lives lost from “senseless” violence that can be difficult to understand.
“While we will never know fully what causes someone to take the life of another, we do know what makes that life worth living,” Obama says. “The people we lost in Aurora loved, and were loved. They were mothers and fathers; husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters; friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and dreams that were not yet fulfilled.”
Obama says their loss is a reminder that life is fragile and that what should matter most is “what we do on a daily basis to give our lives meaning and to give our lives purpose.”
“This weekend I hope everyone takes some time for prayer and reflection — for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover, and for all the victims of the less publicized acts of violence that plague our communities on a daily basis,” he says.
“Let us keep all these Americans in our prayers. And to the people of Aurora, may the Lord bring you comfort and healing in the hard days to come.”
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