Mitt Romney met privately with one of the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting before a campaign stop in the state on Thursday.

McKayla Hicks, 17, was in the movie theater adjacent to the site of the massacre and was hit in the face by fragments of a bullet that came through the theater wall. Romney said that Hicks sustained injuries to her jaw and had teeth knocked out by the gunfire. The attack left 12 dead and 58 others wounded.

According to KLS-TV, Hicks was a star Mormon high school basketball player, and had recently attended BYU for a basketball training camp.

After acknowledging his meeting with Hicks, Romney asked the crowd to applaud to show support with the victims of the Aurora shooting.

"Let's show them how united we are with the tragedy, how much we love them, how much we care about them," Romney said.

"You're in our hearts and you're in our prayers," he added.

Thursday was Romney's first visit to Colorado since the shooting last month. President Obama visited shortly after the attack and met privately with victims and their families.