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Obama offers condolences to family of slain McGavock student

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - President Barack Obama says he and the first lady are praying for the families affected by a fatal shooting between students at a Tennessee high school where he is speaking.

Obama says he knows the past few days have tested people's spirits. But he says he wanted the McGavock High School community to know it is in his thoughts and prayers.

Obama visited the Nashville school Thursday to speak about education. He also met with the family of Kevin Barbee, the 15-year-old killed on Tuesday, before his remarks.

Obama acknowledged the incident at the beginning of his remarks, calling the shooting "heartbreaking," and met with the family of the 15-year-old victim.

"The past couple days have been hard and tested people's spirits," he said. "Some of you have lost a good friend. So I wanted you to know that Michelle and I have been praying for all of you in the community."

Authorities say the off-campus shooting happened Tuesday when a 17-year-old was playing with a pistol. It discharged a bullet that struck his 15-year-old friend in the face.

Both were 10th-graders at McGavock.

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