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MIchelle Obama cancels events in VA after Colorado shootings

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The first lady canceled campaign stops in Virginia Friday afternoon following a mass shooting in Colorado.

Michelle Obama was scheduled to speak at a women's vote rally in Charlottesville before heading to Fredericksburg.

About a hundred people showed up bright and early to stake out a place in line to see Mrs. Obama  in Charlottesville. When word came down the event was canceled there was disappointment and understanding.

Maggie Thompson said she hit the jack pot when she scored Michelle Obama tickets.

"I went and saw the rolling stones when they were here and that was exciting and now Mrs. Obama is coming I was like I'd love to see her, said Thompson.

Thompson took the day off work to be at the West Main Street Arena in Charlottesville.

Ruby Johnson was one of the first people in line. She drove more than an hour to see the first lady.

"I was so excited to see her... it would have been my first time being in a crowd for a presidential candidate — or rather, his wife," said Johnson.

As final preps were being made inside the arena, word came down the event was canceled — in light of the tragedy in Colorado.

Obama supporters, like Paula Seniors, said it's the right thing to do.

"She can always come back. Those people in Colorado need them," said Seniors.

It's unclear if or when the First Lady will reschedule. Sources say those with tickets for Friday's event will be first to receive new tickets.

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