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President Obama offers personal hugs to victims of Colorado shooting

People hold a cross during a vigil for victims behind the theatre where the gunman opened fire Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

US President Barack Obama offered has met personally with survivors of the Colorado shooting rampage and to families whose loved ones were shot dead.

Behind closed doors in the Denver suburb of Aurora, where Friday's massacre happened, Obama met one by one with hurting families gathered at a hospital and patients recovering in intensive care.

He emerged before the TV cameras and kept his focus on the lives of the fallen and the survivors, not the shooting suspect or the "evil act."

"I come to them not so much as president as I do as a father and as a husband," Obama told reporters after his visits.

The President was at the University of Colorado Hospital, which treated 23 of the people injured in the mass shooting; 10 remain there, seven critically injured.

Members of the public pray for the families of victims killed and wounded Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Mourners gathered at Aurora municipal centre on Sunday for a vigil. Obama described the gathering as "an opportunity for everybody to come together," adding "I hope all those in attendance understand that the entire country will be there in prayer and reflection today."

Suspected gunman, James Holmes, was arrested on Friday.

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