Obama to Visit Newtown Families, First Responders Sunday Night

The president is scheduled to attend a 7 p.m. interfaith vigil to meet the families of those killed in Friday's school shooting and to thank first responders.

Update 7:19 p.m.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to travel to Newtown to meet the families of victims killed in Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and to thank first responders, according to a press release issued by the White House.

"The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary School scheduled for 7 p.m.," the press release said. "More details will be released as they are available."

According to the Hartford Courant, Obama will not make any public appearances during his visit.

Original Story

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted the helicopters people heard over Danbury today were an advance team setting up for a possible presidential visit early next week.

"We don't know when at this point," Boughton said.

The helicopters visited Danbury Municipal Airport and other locations in the city. The mayor didn't know if the helicopters visited Newtown yet.

"Those helicopters you hear are the Presidential advance team. No details on what day the President is coming," was one of the mayor's Tweets.

Airport Administrator Paul Estefan declined to say anything at all about the helicopters or the president or any visit. Estefan said when President Clinton visited Danbury, the advance team arrived three months before the visit.

"They are scouting landing locations. He's not with them," Boughton Tweeted, referring to the president.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting began at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. In all, 27 people were killed, police said, including 20 children. Among the adults killed were the school’s beloved principal and psychologist.

The identities of all victims have been established, according to State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. Families of those killed have asked that no media members press for interviews.

Lance Coughlin December 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I guess it doesn't count if they're Mexican kids. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/3/gunrunnings-collateral-damage-mexican-teens/?page=all
melinda tillie December 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Lance, you are totally off line. Could you not find it in your heart to pray for not only those we lost, but for those that remin,no matter who they are they are Americans. And you come from my home town? disgracefull.Boy have folks minds and ideals changed.
Lance Coughlin December 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Sorry if I'm not impressed that obama is stopping by. His administration put guns in the hands of Mexican gangs that were used in over 200 murders, including the slaying of agent Brian Terry. His people left our patriots to be murdered in Benghazi this past September 11th, and to compound matters they had the audacity to lie and blame it on a YouTube video. He's the guy who sent auto signed form letters to our navy seals killed in action. His restrictive rules of engagement are causing the unnecessary deaths of our troops in Afghanistan. His presence in CT today does not impress me.


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