(CNN) – While making a campaign stop Thursday in Colorado, Mitt Romney said he met with McKayla Hicks, a victim of last month's movie theater massacre in Aurora.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee began his remarks by mentioning Hicks, who was hit by a bullet that took out some teeth and part of her jaw while seated in the theater next to the one where most of the shootings occurred.
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"But she is here and doing well," Romney said at a speech in the city of Golden. He called for the audience to express solidarity for the victims and their families.
"I guess, maybe by applause we show how united we are with the tragedy of those people, how much we love them how much we care for them," he said.
The weekend following the July 20 shooting, both Romney and President Barack Obama suspended campaign activities and stripped their ads from Colorado airwaves.
Two days after the massacre, which killed 12 and left scores wounded, Obama flew to Aurora to meet with families of the victims.
At a San Francisco fundraiser the same day, Romney said it was the "right thing" for the president to visit the town.
"I know the president will be there before he'll be here in San Francisco visiting with families and the victims, which is the right thing for the president to be doing on this day. I appreciate that," Romney said.