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(GOLDEN, Colo.) — Mitt Romney met with a victim of the Aurora tragedy this morning prior to his event in Golden, a city just over 25 miles from the spot of the deadly movie theater shooting two weeks ago.

Romney told the crowd at a grassroots event there that he met with McKayla Hicks, a survivor who was hit by a bullet in the theater next door to the shooting, calling her a “Colorado girl with a big heart.”

“Across the country people are thinking about Aurora and the tragedy there and the lives that have been lost and the lives changed. We love you and we pray for you.  You’re in our hearts and you’re in our prayers,” Romney said to the crowd.

Romney is the first presidential candidate to hold a campaign event in the state since the shooting on July 20.

President Obama visited with victims of the shooting and their families, as well as local law enforcement officials, on July 22 in Aurora.

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