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Flags Lowered For Victims of Colorado Theater Attack

July 20, 2012, 11:56 AM HST
* Updated July 20, 12:16 PM
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie today ordered that US flags at all state offices and agencies and Hawai`i National Guard facilities are to be flown at half-staff as directed by President Barack Obama.

The declaration was made in response to the mass shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.

Law enforcement authorities in Aurora said a 24-year-old man entered a movie theater during a midnight showing of the latest Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” The gunman hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing at least 12 people, and leaving dozens of others wounded.

President Obama issued the proclamation today saying, “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado” the United States flag shall be lowered to half-staff beginning today until sunset Wednesday, July 25.

Hawai`i officials have also been responding to the incident with condolences.

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US Rep. Mazie Hirono issued a statement today saying, “This is heartbreaking news, and I am truly saddened to hear of this deadly and senseless act of violence. It is particularly tragic to hear that young victims were likely involved. My thoughts and condolences go out to the families of all the victims, and I hope to see justice served.”

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“My thoughts are with the victims and their families, and with the community that is now dealing with the effects of these senseless and brutal acts,” Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said. “The events in Colorado again remind us of our need to keep our communities safe by finding a way to intercede in these cycles of violence before they destroy lives.”

Sen. Daniel Inouye also expressed his condolences: “On behalf of the people of the state of Hawaii, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Colorado shooting and their families,” Inouye said. “Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and that all of America mourn your loss and stand ready to help.”

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