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First Lady’s Appearance Canceled

By Potomac Local News July 20, 2012 12:30 pm

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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses a crowd of nearly 500 people at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, Va., on June 7, 2012. She was slated to speak in Fredericksburg, Va., on July 20, but that event has been canceled. (Photo by: KJ Mushung )

First Lady Michelle Obama addresses a crowd of nearly 500 people at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, Va., on June 7, 2012. She was slated to speak in Fredericksburg, Va., on July 20, but that event has been canceled. (Photo by: KJ Mushung )

By KJ MUSHUNG

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – First Lady Michelle Obama was scheduled to speak at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg today. However, in light of the massacre in Aurora, Colo., the event has been canceled.

According to news reports, a lone male gunman opened fire on people in a movie theater. At least 38 people are wounded and 12 people dead, according to the latest numbers from CNN.

The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes of Aurora, Colo.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the first lady have canceled all planned events today to address the tragedy.

Many people waited in line for hours in the extreme heat earlier this week to get free tickets to see Obama. According to the campaign, they will do their best to ensure that those holding tickets will be the first contacted if the first lady schedules another event in the area. However, nothing is guaranteed.