Obama honors Colorado victims with military ties

AP News
Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:20 PM
Obama honors Colorado victims with military ties

RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama has honored four victims of the Colorado theater attack who had ties to the military.

Obama began his first campaign-focused trip since the Colorado shooting by remembering service members and veterans who were killed Friday when a gunman opened fire in a Colorado movie theater.

In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Monday, Obama said, "These young patriots were willing to serve in faraway lands, yet they were taken from us as home."

Obama said the nation honors them, adding: "We stand with you as one united American family."

Among those killed in the attack were Jonathan Blunk, a 26-year-old Navy veteran; Jesse Childress, a 29-year-old Air Force cybersystems operator; John Larimer, a 27-year-old-sailor; and Rebecca Wingo, a 32-year-old Air Force veteran.