meets with San Bernardino victims' families
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[December 19, 2015]
By Julia Edwards
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Reuters) -
President Barack Obama met with the families of most of the San
Bernardino shooting victims on Friday for nearly three hours, and said
he was moved by their emphasis on tolerance following the Dec. 2
"As difficult as this time is for them and for the entire
community, they also represent the strength and the unity and the
love that exists in this community and in this country," Obama told
reporters after the meeting.
Fourteen people died in the shootings in San Bernardino, California
on Dec. 2, when radicalized Muslims Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife
Tashfeen Malik opened fire on Farook's co-workers at a holiday
The president and his wife Michelle spent nearly three hours
offering their condolences to the family members of victims and
first responders in the library of Indian Spring High School, the
White House said.
The Obamas, who were greeted on arrival in San Bernardino by Mayor
Carey Davis and County Supervisor James Ramos, made the visit on
their way to Hawaii, where they will spend the holidays.
On Thursday, federal authorities charged Enrique Marquez with
providing material support to Farook and Malik. Marquez allegedly
purchased two rifles used in the attack and had plotted to carry out
attacks with Farook in 2011.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on
Wednesday there was no indication that Farook or Malik were part of
an organized cell or had any contact with overseas militant groups.
(Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Susan Fenton)
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