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Obama to Visit Newtown Families, First Responders Sunday Night

The president is scheduled to attend a 7 p.m. interfaith vigil to meet the families of those killed in Friday's school shooting and to thank first responders.

Update 7:19 p.m., Dec. 15

President Barack Obama is scheduled to travel to Newtown to meet the families of victims killed in Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and to thank first responders, according to a press release issued by the White House.

"The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary School scheduled for 7 p.m.," the press release said. "More details will be released as they are available."

According to the Hartford Courant, Obama will not make any public appearances during his visit.

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted the helicopters people heard over Danbury today were an advance team setting up for a possible presidential visit early next week.

"We don't know when at this point," Boughton said.

The helicopters visited Danbury Municipal Airport and other locations in the city. The mayor didn't know if the helicopters visited Newtown yet.

"Those helicopters you hear are the Presidential advance team. No details on what day the President is coming," was one of the mayor's Tweets.

Airport Administrator Paul Estefan declined to say anything at all about the helicopters or the president or any visit. Estefan said when President Clinton visited Danbury, the advance team arrived three months before the visit.

"They are scouting landing locations. He's not with them," Boughton Tweeted, referring to the president.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting began at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. In all, 27 people were killed, police said, including 20 children. Among the adults killed were the school’s beloved principal and psychologist.

The identities of all victims have been established, according to State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. Families of those killed have asked that no media members press them for interviews.

bob young December 18, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Ive not seen a single racist remark. Just people very disastified with obama and his obvious desire to take advantage of crises. If there has been a racist remark please be specific about what it was that was racist
bob young December 18, 2012 at 03:46 AM
what was joe m's racist comment? I havent seen a single racist comment in all these posts. BTW I dont believe you did not vote for obama.
Cyou Soon December 18, 2012 at 03:58 AM
My earlier comment was for the racist commentors they know who they are it has nothing to do with politics....Bad time for the racist remarks that are being written about the president he is a father of children of his own as am I and can imagine the grief these parents and family members must be going through.... if my earlier comment offended you Frank check yourself !
Stephen Marton December 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM
hey Phil - sorry but stop dreaming ...Your guns will do nothing but scratch paint if the Government ever turn on you. (with the weapons they have!! ).. The 2nd amendment was written when the best we had we're muskets. I think our founding fathers would be ashamed looking around now
Lydia December 20, 2012 at 04:36 AM
EXACTLY!! These IDIOTS cannot even get past their bitterness and hatred during such a terrible time.It was NECESSARY for the President to come. They are SUCH freaking hypocrites because if he WOULDN'T have come, they would have been bitching about his insensitivity.

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