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Friday, July 20, 2012 - 13:54
EL PASO — In response to the cinema tragedy that occured in Aurora, Colo., the President of the United States issued the following statement:
"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twentieth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
Police said Friday that 71 people were shot at the movie theater mass shooting -- 12 were killed and 59 were injured when Holmes opened fire on the audience of a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver suburb of Aurora.