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LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Barack Obama visited with the family of a Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month.
Obama, is in Los Angeles to attend Democratic Party fundraisers, gathered with relatives of officer Gerardo Hernandez at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday. He also met with TSA agents Tony Grigsby and James Speer, both of whom were wounded in the shootings.
On Nov. 1, a gunman pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and shot the TSA officers. Hernandez died from his wounds. Authorities have said 23-year-old Paul Ciancia had a vendetta against the federal government and was targeting TSA officers.
Hernandez had a wife, Ana, and a 14-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.
On Tuesday President Obama is wrapping up a three-day West Coast tour by making an economic pitch at the studio of movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of his top fundraisers and political supporters.
Obama will push his economic agenda at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday. Before delivering his remarks, Obama planned to meet with film industry executives and tour the studio that created "Shrek," ''Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda."
He will also attend his last Democratic Party fundraiser of the trip at the home of Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the sitcom "Friends."
The Seattle-to-San Francisco-to-Los Angeles trip featured seven fundraisers for the Democratic Party and the committees that help House and Senate Democrats. So far this year, Obama has been the main attraction at five fundraisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, five for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and two joint House and Senate fundraisers.
Late Monday, at a fundraiser at the sprawling Beverly Hills home of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Obama praised the legendary Los Angeles Laker, saying that when Johnson revealed his HIV diagnosis in 1991 he prompted the country and the world to think in a new way about the disease. He said Johnson changed "our attitudes with the kind of grace and courage that only true leaders can display."
The 160 attendees who paid as much as $15,000 to attend included actors Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Keaton and basketball players Antawn Jamison and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers.